How You Can Make a Big Difference
Is it just mere chance that you happen to be a student at the school you attend? Or, is there a bigger reason, a reason only God can answer? Could it be that in His master plan for you and the whole world, He placed you right where you are because of a specific purpose?
Ephesians 2:10 says, "It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago He planned that we should spend these lives in helping others."(TLB)
Nothing happens in your life that has not passed through God's hands. God has you right where you are so that you can help and lead others to Him.
Leaders Wanted: A student who helps and influences others is a student who leads. Leaders feel deeply about the needs they see. They know what is important, they think of ways to help, and they try to do something about it. Every school needs leaders.
Has God called you to your campus to be a leader? Let's think about it. The classes you are in, your activities, and the friends you hang with, are all a part of the "spiritual field" where God has placed you. It is in this "field" that you are influencing others. Are you ready to lead for Him?
If your answer is yes, then let's talk about how you can make a big difference on your campus.
Sharpen Your Vision: In John 4:35 Jesus tells us, as He told His first disciples, "Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us and are ready now for reaping."(TLB) In our sphere of influence, there are people ready to trust Him, if only someone would tell them how. But first we must see.
Think about your school for a moment. What are the needs you see in other students: emotionally, physically, spiritually? In what ways could they be helped?
What do you think is God's heart for your classmates and your school? How does He view them?
What is your heart for your classmates and school?
See Your Whole School: Jesus said in Mark 16:15, "You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere."(TLB) This is often called Christ's Great Commission, His command to give everyone the opportunity to say yes to His love and forgiveness.
Your school is an important part of the world Jesus was talking about. To understand your campus is to see it as a large "field" of people made up of many small groups, like teams, classes, clubs, students who hang together, etc. It is within these smaller groups that influence, good or bad, is the greatest.
List all the groups you can identify at your campus.
In which groups are you involved?
Good news travels the fastest among friends. Which groups could you begin to influence for Jesus Christ?
Who are some individuals you want to help and reach personally? How could you show kindness to them, beginning today?
Plan Your Strategy: Your Personal Team Who are the key Christian people on your campus who will encourage and join you in helping reach others?
Who are one or two special accountability partners who will stand with you?
Prayer will make a big difference at your school. When and where will you regularly meet together with Christian friends to pray for your school?
Who are the specific friends who do not know Christ for whom you want to pray? List their names and how you will pray for them. Prayers not prayed are prayers unanswered.
Reaching Out: What are two or three outreach ideas to help you share the message of Christ with your friends? When could you begin?
Training is keeping sharp. Who can you go to for training that will help you bring others to Christ?
How will you help teach and disciple those who come to Christ at your school?
How will you involve them in your church?
Can You Do It?
Your confidence to lead and make a difference is going to come from God Himself, through His Holy Spirit. When you became a Christian, all you had to offer God was your life and your faith. It is with that same faith that God wants you to trust Him every day, fill you with His Spirit, and give you His confidence to lead out on your campus. God will do it through you. Your responsibility is to trust Him and take courageous steps, and God will bring the results.
Think about it for a moment. What will be your first step to begin to make a difference on your campus? "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." Jesus (John 14:12 NIV)