In a world full of pressure to do wrong, how can you have your mind set on doing right?
Well, I believe without Jesus, we can’t focus on doing the right thing. I remember when I started my freshmen year in college wondering what my experience was going to be like since I knew for a fact that I would not party, drink, or smoke. Was it going to still be a fun experience even if I didn’t do any of those things? Should I try to fit in and attend parties? Those were my questions to myself when I would sit around in my dorm room on weekends. I wanted to do right for God, but I wanted to fit in so I could have more friends. There were times that I was really close to stepping out to go to parties with people from class. But, I got the tug on my heart from Jesus to “stay true to yourself.”
I decided to watch YouTube videos about “Being a Christian in College”. Some Christian girls were saying that you could still party and be a Christian. That was not something I wanted to hear because Christians like that are people who want to do the wrong things and continue to label themselves as a Christian to feel good. Then I came across a Christian girl talking about how she would feel out of place when she went to parties, and that sounded pretty correct to me. See, when you’re trying to do right you feel a sense of guilt when you know you’re not supposed to be doing certain things like lying, cheating, putting down people, and any other sin. Sadly I did not make many friends, and I lost some during my first year because I chose not to party.
By my second half of my freshmen year, I knew for a fact that I wanted to live for God and I chose to stand out for Him. I had a lot of lonely weekends in my dorm room during my freshmen year accompanied by YouTube, Hulu, and FaceTime. As lame as that may sound to you, I enjoyed my lonely time as I boggled with a terrible roommate my first half of the year. By the second half of my freshman year, I increased my relationship with Jesus.
- Doing what is right can be hard to do in life/college. You want to have many friends, but if you’re a Christian, you want to do right for Jesus as well. Face it. If you’re going to be a Christian in college, you’re going to be in a lonely season.
- In a lonely season, you will find yourself closer to Christ than you have ever been. When you pull apart from the world, you will put in the time to fast, read your Bible, and enjoy what Jesus is going to do for you during your time in life/college.
- It always gets better when you commit to Jesus. If you’re a rising Christian freshman, don’t follow what everyone says but follow what Jesus says.
- Pray to Jesus and ask Him what he wants you to do in life and how you can better yourself for Him.
- If you’re a Christian that is not partying, drinking, smoking, fornicating (having sex), lying, cheating, and any other sinful activities, you are doing the right thing. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re doing wrong.
- Avoid people saying “don’t let your Christianity get in your way. Enjoy college the way you want.”
Be mindful that just because you are a Christian in college does not mean you are going to become perfect by the time you get to your senior year. We’re all going to sin, but the thing about being a Christian is we are going to ask for forgiveness and try our best not to do it again. Even if you’re going to college as a non-Christian, you can still become a Christian and give your life to Christ. Yes? No? Maybe? I’m not forcing it on you, it’s your life. Any comments or questions? Let’s talk in the comment section!
Prayer: Lord I ask that You keep the Christian and non-Christian freshmen’s covered in Your blood. Give the Christian freshmen the mind to continue pursuing You. Help them to continue to do right by You Lord! As they continue to do right for You, let them shine Your light on others around them. Help freshmen’s to repent when they are sinning or doing something, not like You. Look over the non-Christian freshmen’s and let them see what You can do for their lives in college. Save them from their continuous sins and make them a new creature. Lord Thank You for guiding this person to this post and bless their minds, hearts, and souls with Your Spirit. Lord if upperclassmen in college or a person not in school are viewing this post, save them and help them to know You too because You want all of Your children to make it back to You in the end. In Jesus name, Amen.
If you would like to be saved now, say this prayer aloud, and Jesus will take it from there:
Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I believe that Jesus died for my sins and rose again. I want to turn away from my sin and live a godly life. I now invite Jesus Christ into my heart as my Lord and Savior. I am willing to follow Him as Lord of my life from this day forward. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen.
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 Corinthians 5: 17 – Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.