The most important book you’ll read this fall is your Bible.
Ultimately, your only hope this fall or any fall is the gospel.
And that is a really, really strong place to stand and study.
- Marshall Segal
I will celebrate my 19th first day of school next week #fallsemestersonly. It is not everyone’s dream to rack up these milestones, not even mine. But I want to echo the quote above because it is #truth. I can testify to that strong place. I feel that I could write a book on the topic of The Gospel & Studying filled with stories of God’s faithfulness and my frailty, but I will just offer a few truths here.
First of all, what is this gospel? It is the good news that Jesus (God’s Son!) lived a perfect human life (for the glory of God!), died on our behalf (absorbing all God’s wrath toward us!), and then rose from the dead (showing His power over all things!)!! #infiniteexclamationsneeded #!! #∞ So then, this changes our lives in big ways. The gospel sets us free from the world’s nonsense and from the nonsense of all God’s enemies.
- Free to fail. Jesus’ spotless record has secured my eternal destiny and my identity. No P-Chem test can erase it. (Heb 6:19, Rom 8:38-39)
- Free to excel. Jesus’ work inspires me to worship wholeheartedly as I study and to excel in a way that makes Him known. No laziness can cripple me when I strive to honor Him. (Ecc 9:10, Col 3:23, Matt 5:16, Phil 3:7-8)
- Free to explore. Jesus’ payment of my adoption price made me God’s child, granting me freedom to explore the world He created with awe and thanksgiving. No subject is beyond His understanding. (Eph 1:4-6, 1 John 3:1, Gen 1:26)
- Free to serve. Jesus’ example pulls me away from selfish studying. With my identity and hope secure, I can give time, energy, resources, and understanding freely in love. No competitive advantage need be withheld. (Phil 2:3, Mark 10:45, Acts 20:35, Gal 5:13-14)
- Free to rest. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are more than enough. He said, “It is finished!” and we can rest confidently, submitting to His power. No all-nighter can complete me. (John 19:30, Matt 11:28-30, Psalm 127:2)
Soak up the Word, stand in the strong place, and study in freedom. #letthesemesterbegin