One of the things I love about our movement is how invested we are in reaching the campuses. We believe that, as we change the campus, we have the potential to change the world.
Among the many reasons indicated in our campus manifesto about why we need to reach the campus is that the future leaders of nations and industries will be coming from the campuses. The values the students learn and adopt in their campuses will eventually go into their work, affecting our society, our public policy, media and education.
This is also why it’s so important for our students to honor God in the campus. For some of their classmates, professors and friends, our students’ lives and the way they live are these people’s first peek at God’s love and faithfulness.
Which brings us to the question: how do we honor God in the campuses?
Honoring God begins with honoring the one He has sent—Jesus, the God-Man Himself. On our own, we cannot possibly live lives that are honoring to God. We’re too selfish, petty, and small-minded. But when we put our faith in what Jesus did on the Cross, we are transformed. Our hearts are cleansed from sin and our lives now honor Him.
Our students must then be so deeply rooted in the Word and prayer that they are able to establish their convictions and rely on God’s grace to stand by them.
As they study and learn in school, they also have to keep an eye on what they say and don’t say, and what they do and don’t do. As Rachel Ong, one of our speakers at Ignite 2015, preached to the students, they need to walk in moral excellence if they want to change their campus and make an impact on the world.
Students can also honor God through the three objectives Pastor Ferdie Cabiling enumerated during Ignite 2015. They can:
- Strive for positions or functions of servant-leadership. These are avenues where they can lead their classmates either in their classes or even in extra-curricular activities.
- Work for academic excellence. This, too, is a testament of God’s grace and faithfulness in their lives. This can serve as a platform where they can preach the gospel.
- Operate with compassion. They, themselves, are missionaries in their campuses. They are there to show God’s love to other people, to reach out to their classmates and to preach the gospel.
We are all called to honor God in the different aspects of our lives and in whatever sector of society God has placed us. We cannot underestimate the potential of our students to set an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity within their campuses and in the world.
Joseph Bonifacio serves as the executive director of Every Nation Campus Philippines. He is married to Carla and is a dad to Philip.