Will you follow Jesus when school is over?
Dave Miers issues a challenge to all students finishing school.
Katy Perry is one of the most famous people on the planet. In fact, she is the most popular person on the internet with 144 million followers collectively on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
With legions of online fans, she has the world at her fingertips. When she sings, stadiums listen. What she wears, defines fashion. When she performs, Sasha and Malia Obama join in. When she campaigns for a cause, people donate. When she uploads, people download (she has the most digital sales of all time).
Fan or not, you can’t deny her influence.
But fans, fame and fortune don’t keep you immune from troubles. Katy Perry hit rock bottom when her husband, Russell Brand, broke up with her on New Years Eve 2011… via a text message. In an interview, Katy revealed that this heartbreak caused her to ask the deeper questions of life.
It’s often at moments of transition, change or loss that we get reflective. We ask, “What’s the deal with life?”
What is your life all about?
Why am I here? How would you answer this question? The ‘meaning of life’ question, is the most important question that anyone can ask.
As you’ve grown up, you might have had a growing inkling that there’s something more to life. But now that you’ve finished school, you really should stop and consider what life is all about. There will never be a better time to consider the purpose of life.
You’ve got the time to think about important things as you prepare for life after school. You’re old enough to take responsibility for your beliefs and your choices. Plus, you’ve got your whole adult life ahead of you, so there’s no harm in trying to kick off on the right track!
As Christians, we live for something bigger and someone better, and all that we do should be to the one end: bringing glory to Jesus. (Check out Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14.)
Jesus is glorious; to give him glory is to give him what he deserves.
We are to honour Jesus with the honour he is due. We are to worship Jesus because he is worthy. After all, he is the creator of the universe and the author of life. When he returns, no-one will be left in doubt: the whole universe is about Jesus, the glorious King.
With Jesus, you won't miss out
Perhaps you're hesitating to give the rest of your life to Jesus, because of a fear of missing out. You’d rather be where the action is because you don’t want to miss out on the party.
But there is no danger of missing out when you’ve got Jesus. In him, you’ve got everything!
According to Ephesians 1:3 God has “blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
Those who belong to Jesus lack nothing. If you’ve got Jesus, you’ve got everything!
Ephesians 1:4-14 lists all of the spiritual blessing you have in Jesus: chosen, holy, blameless, predestined, adopted, blessed, redeemed, forgiven, loved, inheritance, saved, sealed with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus loves you! He died for you and rose again. Our faith in his finished work at the cross guarantees that every blessing listed in Ephesians 1 is ours.
The temptation is to think that the world has something better to offer. It doesn’t. Purpose, meaning, significance and satisfaction are found in Jesus. In him, you’ve got it all.
Do you want to make a real difference in the world after you've left school? Stick with Jesus and live for him, and I'm sure you will.
Edited from an article on www.davemiers.com.
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