Purpose (Wednesday)

by Emily Thurston

Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

A question on the forefront of many of our minds as we make the trek through college is what our God-given purpose is. We rush into situations in order to fulfill our own agendas. Instead, we should be letting the professional do the work. Ephesians 2:10 describes us as God’s masterpieces. He is the artist who has honed the craft of creation. He is intentional in placing us in this world in the capacity that we each occupy. He sees where each of us is best suited to further his kingdom on earth. God planned out each of our futures before our great-grandparents were even a figment of some distant relative’s imagination. He knew our exact purpose and the good we would do on this earth in his name. He even placed a role model in Christ on this planet to help us follow the example into our preordained positions in life. As an artist, God’s vision is all that matters and it is up to each of us to realize what he meant for us. It is not our job to create a new interpretation or reinvent the wheel. He did all the heavy lifting. He stretched the canvas and placed every stroke with care. He picked the precise color palette and blended new and unique shades. He even sat and watched every drop of paint dry due to his never-ending grace and love. All of that effort speaks to a creator who wants the absolute best for us and nothing less. So he has carved out a crevice for each of us to fill in order to most efficiently be displayed as his work of art. What will be the title of your portrait in God’s gallery?

Purpose (Tuesday)

by Hannah Alford

Everyone is in college for a reason right? Whether or not you know what your purpose is yet there’s one person who already knows, and that’s God! Each and every one of us can impact campus in our own unique way. One of my favorite verses from 1 Timothy is 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” Often times I asked myself, what can I do to serve God? I’m too young, or too inexperienced, basically a lot of excuses, but, what this verse tells me is that even as college students we can fulfill God’s purpose and set an example for our friends, family, and fellow classmates. Be the children of God that provide a light for everyone on campus to gravitate towards, and with that light show God’s love in everything you do. Remember that God loves everyone, even the people who can’t see his love, can feel it through you. As a freshman on campus I’m still testing the waters, my purpose seems so far ahead in the future it’s hard to think about sometimes, but I know that as Paul wrote in his letters, it’s not just up to the adults to share God’s word, but it’s our job too!

I’ll Be There For You (Friday)

 

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by Chasen Pridgen

Do you ever feel like life has just beat you down to where you can’t get up and don’t want to try?  I know I have.  It takes a lot of strength and a lot of hope to get back up again.  But we, as Christians, can stand tall as God gives us hope.  In Isiah 43:2, the Lord says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”  This verse is saying that as you go through your struggles, God will be with you and not let anything over take you.  What a powerful verse.  To know this information is truly incredible and should give you hope.  A hope that you will make it out of whatever you are going through.  When you come out of it, you might be a changed person but God wanted you to change for a reason.  I encourage you to keep having hope, no matter what you are going through because the One who is eternal, is always with you.

I’ll Be There For You (Thursday)

by Alexi Bolton

Conceptually, I know that God is always there for me, but sometimes I find it hard to believe that because I struggle with putting my faith in things I can’t see.  When thinking about this devo, I thought of all the many examples of times God backed up His promise to be there for people in a very literal and visible way  – the cloud and pillar of fire leading the Israelites, the burning bush, David in the wilderness in like the entire book of Psalms, Jesus performing miracles – all physical or obvious manifestations of God being there for people.  But what about when God isn’t so obvious or loud?  What about when we can’t seem to see Him at all?  This made me think of the story of Esther, whose name translates roughly to “I will hide my face.” God is not explicitly mentioned once in her story, yet she is still considered a hero of our faith because of how the Lord worked through her.  It is the ultimate story of silent support from the Lord and one I often look to for advice on how to handle situations.  Esther has a strong background in her faith, so she knows that The Lord will be there for her if she stands up for Him, but she is still scared because she is going to be risking her life and is unsure what the right choice is.  So, she gathers a community and prays (Esther 4:16).  When she wavers in her trust in the Lord’s promises, she relies upon the wisdom of her friends and mentors (Mordecai) and the power of prayer.  Through this, an entire nation is saved and many people learn about God, proving that He was there for Esther and His people the whole time.  When you feel as though the Lord is not obvious, take a peek at Esther – find your Mordecai, who will point you back to the Lord who is always there for you and go directly to God in prayer, asking Him to reveal himself to you a little more each day.

I’ll Be There For You (Wednesday)

by Jonathan Seale

When things get tough and stressful, who do you lean on for support? Family, friends, God? For most of us, being at college is outside our comfort zone. We are on our own, some for the first time, and it can be a scary realization. However, college is also a wonderful time and place to find yourself and really dig deep into what God is calling you to do. Here at Wesley, there is always a group of people ready and willing to help take some of that stress off your shoulders. They may not write a term paper for you, but they will certainly pray and help you through whatever it is you may need. Finding a strong friend group can be difficult sometimes. Personally, I did not know a single person the first time I attended Wesley. God placed a strong feeling on my heart, telling me to go and give it a try and I am forever grateful I listened to Him. The friends I have made gave me a breath of fresh air. At Wesley, I found more than friends, I found a new family with whom I can share experiences and memories. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you…Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” If you feel God is placing something on your heart, listen to Him, lean on Him. Though the journey may be scary, He will never lead us astray. He is a good, good Father.

I’ll Be There for You (Tuesday)

The One Where They Get Thrown in a Fire

by Haley Smith

Daniel chapter 3 has one of my favorite stories in the whole Bible. First of all- the names of the main characters: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, how can you not love those? But then, of course, they are some tough dudes with a whole lot of trust in God. They refused to bow down to the false idol the King was forcing upon the whole nation. Then, because of that, they were ordered to be thrown into a fire “seven times hotter than usual.” Once they were bound and tossed, God came and walked into the fire with them and kept them from any harm. He was quite literally ‘there for them.’ From their boldness, God was proclaimed THE God and His name spread throughout the nation.
So how does this apply to us? You may not hear zithers that summon you to bow to false idols (now you have to go read this chapter to know what that means), but you do have temptations all around leading you from the plan God has for you. However, whenever we are willing to boldly stand for what we believe and what we know to be true through God’s word, he is standing right beside us; ready to fight with us through our temptations.