I appreciate the following quote from the American author Mark Twain: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you work out why”. It implies that every human life has deep significance and purpose. Ephesians 2:10 is helpful in developing this thought: “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”. The Bible teaches that we are all infinitely valuable, unique in our complexity, designed and crafted by God! (Jeremiah 1:5, Timothy 1:9) Furthermore, God has hard-wired into all humans the incredible potential to add value to this world.
Luke 11:2-4, taken from the Lord’s Prayer, reads: “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven”. What would it actually look like if God’s will is done on earth? Here comes the challenge and the answer to the question posed above: God has called you and I to work in partnership with him, to use the talents, energy and gifting we have to serve others. All of us are in full-time ministry, whether through building houses, driving trucks, teaching, creating art, designing products, serving at the coffee shop, working in retail, or serving our families and churches, we are working in and for the Kingdom of God.
Our mandate is to raise a generation of young people to transform this world through Christ’s power and the gift of learning. Whatever our young people choose to do on graduating from Freshwater Christian College this year, they will, if they can work in God’s empowering strength, according to his will, transform the area of the world in which they serve and in the process further bring God’s Kingdom will to Earth.