Bible College seems like a great idea to begin with; you get to grow spiritually, gain close Christian friendships and learn to study the Bible like a boss. And it all goes swimmingly until a few weeks in when they hand you your first assignment. We started with 1000 word essays. Dread. Most of our group hadn’t done any assignments since we were at school, and those didn’t carry any fond memories for us.
I think the trick is to remember that this is Bible College. The place we believe we have been called to by God. God says He will equip us with everything that we need to do His Will. (Hebrews 13.21) (<– that’s some fancy bible study right there, did you catch it?) We have to keep going back to this basic point. The Lord called us to this, and He will help us through it. EVEN on our assignments.
As we work on an assignment we can see it as an opportunity for spiritual growth, not that it is just a task that our teacher wants us to do – but that our spiritual ‘elders’ (Bible College Professors), have felt that as we search deeply for these answers we will benefit personally. We do a great disservice to God, ourselves and the Church for whom God is equipping us to serve, if we wait until the last minute and breeze through these assignments (as we may have done at school or Uni….)
I want to give my absolute best to every assignment. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not aiming for A’s and getting disappointed if I get a B or C. I’m aiming to open my heart and mind and life to the Living God who has called me. I’m aiming to position myself to growing in His Presence. I’m aiming to sharpen my gifts and understand of Him that He can use me as an effective tool to reach others who live in darkness and without hope.
So, what are assignments like at Bible College?They are an opportunity for the
Living God to speak with me.