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Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 (AMP)
In childhood, I wondered about my cause in life. My teen years brought reflection on career choices and a university to attend. Because I was sure of one thing. I wanted go to college and graduate with a degree.
A field of study would help me become who I was meant to be in this world. And I hoped to help others with my newfound purpose.
So, I entered college at eighteen. By my sophomore year, I chose to study leadership communications (a lover of oratorical contests, this was a good fit). Also studying sociology, I settled into my coursework.
A proud moment for my family when I walked across the stage in cap and gown for a bachelor’s degree. Since graduation, I’ve held various jobs. Though some required my degree skills, others didn’t.
Here’s what I later realized. I came away from college with much more than lessons from the classroom.You see, experiences, people, and God shaped me too. While studies and degrees play a part in shaping our lives, they were never meant to completely define us.
Therefore, I’m focusing on what will last past this life, what has eternal significance.
God’s University is eternally minded. It helps us become who He intended us to be in this world. It gives us a newfound purpose. And it develops our character. All these things will help us help others.
Here’s 4 levels of study for God’s University of eternal significance.
(1.) Associate’s Level. An Associate of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.
Jesus describes himself as the Bread of Life in John 6. And while the main twelve disciples remained, a lot of his disciples left. They no longer wanted to be associated with him. Peter said to Jesus, “You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.” (Verses 66, 68b, MSG)
(2.) Bachelor’s Level. BA, graduate of the Blessed Assurance Program (Jesus is mine).
All have sinned and anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved. (Romans 3:23, 10:13 ESV)
(3.) Master’s Level. MA, graduate of the Master’s Advancement Program.
John the Baptist testifies about Jesus. “He must become greater; I must become less.” (John 3:30, NIV)
(4.) PhD Level. A doctoral study in the existence of heaven and hell and the truth of eternity. A recruiting program for the university.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20, NIV)
Are you enrolled in God’s University?
Lord, Help me to focus on what will last past this life. I want to study to show myself approved and stay in Your university until You return or take me home. Amen.