God’s will and higher education
In today’s challenging economic climate, it can be all too easy for believers to focus on their financial situation. Enrolling at online Christian colleges and universities can be a valuable investment in the future, but it is important for men and women of faith to identify why they want to earn their degree and ensure that their plans align with God’s will for their lives.
Believers may want to begin their journey by asking some honest questions about their motivations. Ephesians 5:15-17 reads, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Men and women of faith should examine what they hope to achieve by attending an online Christian college. While God rewards those who work hard, believers should strive to further His kingdom and glorify Him, over selfish or financial gains. There is nothing wrong with being adequately compensated for hard work, but if this is a student’s sole motivation for attending an online Christian university, it may not be the best reason.
Spreading the Good News
Whether students are seeking a degree in communications or culinary arts, believers should not lose sight of God’s commandment to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people. Fortunately, there are many opportunities to do so in modern society, thanks to the prevalence of online communication and social media platforms.
Mark 16:15 reads, “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.'” This means that men and women of faith should remain open to opportunities to share God’s word with the people they meet. Studying at an online Christian college can be an excellent way to connect with like-minded believers, but the opportunities for evangelizing will be few and far between. Committed Christians should get out of their comfort zones and tell people of Christ’s supreme sacrifice.
For the glory of His kingdom
Upon completion of their studies at online Christian colleges and universities, students should strive to serve as examples of the Christian faith in their daily lives.
In his first epistle to the people of Corinth, Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” No matter what degree men and women of faith attain after their studies, they should serve as an example of Christ’s love, grace and forgiveness.