The real test of your faith is not at church where you’re able to serve God alongside believers. The real test is when you step outside the gates of church and meet the real world: Your home, work, or school. How’s your attitude in class? Are you among those who always complain about professors? Are you among the noisemakers, gossipers, cheaters, or rude ones? Being a Christian is more than just belonging to a particular faith, it’s about embracing a new identity, it literally means “belonging to the party of Christ” or a “follower of Christ.” Bearing this definition in mind, this should therefore affect our attitude not just in church but also in our classrooms.
It’s easy to follow the trend: When your peers disrespect professors, you do the same; when they cheat during exams, you do the same, and when they’re watching irrelevant videos in class, you join them. I know of which I speak because in college, I became part of the crowd that complained and murmured against annoying professors. I used to spend time with my friends expressing our grumbling about test results, the professor’s teaching method, or other classmates.
What we fail to realize, as God’s children, is that when we side with the world we miss opportunities to represent Christ well and positively influence our surroundings. Matthew 1:21 says: “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus,for He will save His people from their sins.” Jesus came so that we be delivered from our wicked ways; hence, as individuals ‘belonging to the party of Christ’, we should strive for holiness rather than associating ourselves with the world. Of course, God doesn’t expect perfection but at least we need to make a conscientious effort to rebuke sins from our lives.
By living according to God’s Word, you make a statement before your classmates (1Peter2:12). They’ll begin to wonder why you’re unlike them, and when they approach you with that question, you have just opened the door to share Christ with them. On the contrary when you behave just like your friends, they won’t ever notice Jesus in you. That’s why be careful about how you carry yourself and be the salt of the earth by impacting your generation for Christ.