Transitioning to college is a time of change and challenge. The biggest challenge is keeping your faith alive.
College is a time when students are searching for themselves and trying to figure out their worldviews, religious beliefs, dreams, passions, and more. These years are very important in your walk with God. Statistically speaking, freshmen are more open to the gospel than any other year in college. 85% of those who receive Christ do so before the age of 19.
That is a huge number! Think of how influential you are to someone else’s faith journey in college. You could help bring someone from life to death. But this isn’t possible if you turn away from God.
If you don’t make your faith your own now, the world will quickly pull you away from God. It is easy to fall into the world. People around you will tell you there is no God, will have sex whenever they want with whoever they want, will get blackout drunk, and will say all of that is okay and encouraged because it is college.
How can we grow in our walk with God while living in the college environment?
Your freshman year can decide who you want to be and how you want to live out college. You can make a choice now to not lose your faith in college. You have to make a choice, the Word or the world. What will it be? Who do you want to follow?
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2.
Living for Christ in college is not easy. College is a selfish environment. Students serve their own gods – themselves. Everything is about what they want and their desires. If you continue to follow Jesus in college, you will be different, but you will be doing what God views as good, acceptable, and perfect.
Remember that the Bible warns us that we were not made for this world. “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19.
I’ve been there. I’ve lost friends over my faith. I’ve felt outcasted in a classroom because of my beliefs. I want you to know that it is worth it. Following God in college may be difficult, but it is worth every heart ache.