5 ways to make an impact for Christ at school
Simple tips to help you shine your light every day.
Standing out for being a Christian at school isn't always easy. But there are a few simple things we can do that will help others see that Jesus is the most important thing in our lives. Do you have more ideas? Leave a comment at the end of the article.
1. Join a Christian club
Find ways to connect with fellow Christians at school for the sake of accountability, and more importantly fellowship!
Create or join a Bible study, plan Christ-centered events, go witnessing, and seriously consider opportunities through church or outside organizations for missions trips.
Christian clubs can be a safe space to talk about your faith, and get help with your struggles. So be open to checking out a Christian club, or find other ways to connect with fellow Christians at your school.
2. Service projects: GET INVOLVED!
Be open to different service opportunities to help your own small community or even the WORLD. Try out different clubs or just different service projects. Whether it's raising money to send to a nonprofit organization, tutoring elementary school kids, knitting for cancer patients, or buying fair trade projects to promote economic healing, make an effort to serve others in a variety of different ways. Talk to your friends that are not saved about what you are doing and ask for their help or support.
The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40)
By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)
3. Be a REAL, practical and active example of a Christian
To err is human, to forgive divine. (Alexander Pope)
Self-harm, drug or alcohol abuse, sex (outside of marriage), and bullying are all frighteningly prevalent in culture today. There are a lot of hurting people, who need to know they are loved and shown they are important.
We need people to see that Christians are not just committed to a set of rules, but bound to the everlasting love and abundant grace of our Savior Jesus Christ.
A practical way to do this is to volunteer to pray for others. It may seem scary, but honestly, lots of non-Christian people really like prayer. Another way to do this is to own your mistakes and practice what you preach.
4. Always have a Bible on hand
The Bible says to be ready in season and out of season. So along with ‘praying unceasingly’ throughout the day, it may do you a great deal of help to have the GOOD BOOK on hand at all times. With the rise of technology this has become increasingly simple, with the creation of numerous Bible and devotional applications for SmartPhones, laptops and tablets; as well as travel-sized Bibles, and Bible reference websites.
If you find an appropriate way to bring the Bible into a conversation, then take advantage of it! Get your Bible out & let people know what God has to say about life.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
5. START conversations and BE OPEN to conversations
Make sure to be open to conversations about your personal and spiritual life, when it feels safe of course. If you attend church every Sunday, make sure to mention it when people ask you about your weekend.
If someone has a question or makes a statement about spirituality and it resonates with you, talk to them about it. Be inquisitive and actually listen, but also be discerning. When you have an interested friend invite them to church, and then ask what they thought of the service. Do not hound them to re-visit, but periodically invite them to various church-related events.
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)