“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15)
The average student in America spends around 6.5 hours at school every weekday. While some may feel that this is a complete waste of time, God calls us to use it wisely. Every day at school, there is a great opportunity for us to tell people about Jesus through our actions and our words.
While many students try their best to do the least amount of work in school, this shouldn’t be the attitude of Christians. Solomon writes, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). This means that we should not be the person who never does the homework, never goes to school, or never gives any attempt at success. When we work hard, as unto the Lord, it will be a witness to teachers and fellow students. Growing in knowledge is a good thing; we should work hard to learn all we can because it can be used to help us further the kingdom of God.
However, Paul warns us about being taken captive by empty philosophy and worldly ideas while we pursue our education (see Colossians 2:8). Most of the world mocks the authority of Scripture, the deity of Christ, and the exclusivity of Christianity. They believe it is all foolish and ridiculous. Instead of being discouraged by this, see it as an opportunity. There are hundreds of books out there that can help us to defend our faith to those who believe otherwise. We know that we have the truth, so we shouldn’t be afraid of talking about it. Engage in conversations with fellow students and teachers who oppose Christianity; show them the love of Christ and share why you believe the message of the gospel. Most people will be blown away by a student who will stand for Christ in a class full of those who reject Him.
There are so many people at school, for such a long amount of time, that we have great gospel opportunities in and outside of the classroom there. If dirty jokes, gossip, and countless other ungodly things are the main topics of discussion at school by the students, how much do those students who don’t participate in these things stand out? If we are always loving to everyone rather than tearing others down, talking about church that weekend instead of some party, helping others as much as possible rather than ignoring them, people will wonder what is different about us. They will see that we don’t need the parties, the sex, or any other thing to be happy. We have something far greater, and that is Jesus Christ.
We need to take every opportunity to explain the gospel to everyone, but our actions must show it first. People at school will have no problem figuring out if we’re fake or not, so it’s important that we live out and show the gospel with our actions, as well as sharing it with our words. School can be an incredible platform to proclaim the gospel message through a life that is unashamed. Be intentional about sharing the gospel with your classmates and do all you can to demonstrate the love of God for them with your actions.
Search the Scriptures:
- Ephesians 5:6-11
- Philippians 2:14-16
- Colossians 2:8; 4:6
- 1 Timothy 4:12
- 2 Timothy 2:15, 22-26
Questions to think about:
1. What are some practical ways that we can show the gospel to people at school?
2. How equipped are you to deal with those who oppose Christianity, whether they are teachers or students? How equipped would you like to be?
3. What message does your conduct—what you talk about, how you act, how hard you try—at school send to those around you?
4. In what ways are you connecting with other Christians at your school?
Quotes to consider:
- “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis
- “God has given us minds so that, by thinking with the Spirit’s help, we can know the truth and beauty and worth of God through Jesus and treasure him above all things and spend our lives expressing this in as many ways as our minds can pursue.” – John Piper
- “There is one thing that both Christians and non-Christians have in common: they are both uptight about evangelism. Non-Christians are uptight about being evangelized, and Christians are uptight about evangelizing.” – Greg Laurie
Christian Clubs: We want to be involved at your school! If you’re school doesn’t have a Christian club, let’s start one! Or if it does have a club but it’s not doing very well, we want to come alongside and help strategize for the year. We want to help mobilize students to reach their campus for Christ. Please contact us so we can be involved with your school Christian club this year! We are already planning outreaches at the schools, so make sure you talk to us and talk to your Christian club leadership!