6 ways to be bold for Christ at school
Part 2: Discover how to stand up and stand firm as a Christian student.
Yesterday we looked at the first 3 ways we can be bold for Christ. Today we are going to explore 3 more ways to stand up and stand firm as a Christian at school.
4. Use resources already available
There are many resources already available to help you be bold for Christ at school. One is SRE/Christian Studies. I know at my school a lot of the time my friends would joke around, not pay attention, or use these classes as a time to do homework. However as Christians we can be using this time to challenge ourselves and start interesting conversations. Have open discussions on the topics touched on in these times. Do not take offence if they have a negative response because you have at least stimulated thoughts in their minds.
Another great resource is if your school has a Christian group. It took me 3 years before I was a weekly member of my school’s group. It was not because I did not follow God, it was because I was worried that my friends would think I was weird. I placed my own self-doubts before God and now I see that benefited no one. Do not be like me, if there is a opportunity take it, stand up for your belief whether that be in the form of asking questions, joining the lunchtime Christian group or opening discussions about what you just learnt. Remember that it is not for your glory but for God’s.
5. Be Resilient
One of the most important ways to be bold for Christ at school is by being resilient. One of the easiest things to do when you are rejected is to back down. However, as disciples of God, we must stand firm even when people reject us for being Christian.
If someone treats you differently because of your faith, don't give up. Since the beginning of Christianity, we have been faced with obstacles. As teenagers, we will have different struggles and different reasons for why we want to give up but we need to be resilient. Be resilient so that you can be a light for those who do not know Christ.
Everything we do is for God, by God’s command. As we seek to be bold for Christ at school, we first need to seek guidance from God. It is not just from our works that someone comes to know God, but through His work in them. As God’s disciples, we need to work in partnership with Him, so we must always remember to ask him for help because as it states in Matthew 7:7:
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
Being a Christian at school is hard but it is there that we can be bold for Christ. We are given so many chances as teenagers, so take these opportunities to plant seeds and be a light for those who do not know the message of the gospel.
“ In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16