…of Austin, Texas. As you read this, I’m on a plane right now headed back to school at Concordia Texas for one last semester of studies (well, right now if you read this as soon as this post was published…which you probably aren’t…and plus maybe my blog messed up and posted this late [cause I just put it on auto-post]…ok…so if this is Friday afternoon I’m on a plane right now). More than just going back for classes though (cause that doesn’t start until Wednesday) I’m getting in extra early to join some of my best friends in helping the new freshmen class move into the residence halls tomorrow.
Why? Well, let me give you some statistics:
As of last year, about a quarter of the students at my school officially had no religious affiliation whatsoever. In simpler words, that means that at least 25% of the students at my Christian university do not have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. I would even add at least another 25% to that number of those who really aren’t connected with the Church in anything other than name. However you count it, even if these numbers aren’t perfect, I’ve seen that there’s a great mission field right at my own school. There’s a great need for the Christians on my campus to reach out to those who don’t know Jesus.
So that’s why I’m headed back early…to connect with those who don’t know Jesus…cause I can bet you that a whole bunch of the freshmen who are moving into the residence halls on Saturday morning have no idea who Jesus really is. What a better way to connect with them than the moment they step foot on campus? It can be a lot easier to connect with someone before they’re already settled somewhere.
So we’re going to go out there and try to make friends…with all of them (that’s my goal…probably won’t happen, but we’ll see). If we just develop a friendship with some of them and don’t get a chance to talk about Jesus…hey that’s still cool. I don’t make friends just so I can shovel the Gospel down their throats…I like meeting people just to meet people. But if we do get a chance to share the Gospel with them after we’ve gotten to know them, I think that’s pretty cool too.
Now please don’t lean back from your computer screen, Iphone 8 screen, Android screen, laptop screen, or whatever screen you’re reading my blog from and groan and say, “Hmmm…there’s that Levi guy trying to show off how cool and Jesusy he is!” I’m not trying to just gloat about what I’m doing. Rather, I’m trying to show you that what I’m doing to reach people for Jesus (actually what Jesus is doing through me to reach people for Jesus) can also be done by
Maybe you’re a college student somewhere out there. What’s keeping you from dropping in on a new student orientation and connecting with people? Maybe you’ve got a real job somewhere out there. What’s keeping you from being that coworker who invites a newly hired coworker out to dinner with his or her family to get to know them? Got new neighbors? Hopefully you get the idea. It can be a lot easier to connect with someone before they’re already settled somewhere. That being said, even if they are settled, you can still go and connect with them…after all, everybody needs Jesus.