At university or work there are always important things to do that take up much time, so is there really room for God despite the chaos?
It is very easy to fall into the weekly struggle with university or work or whatever demands our time throughout the week. One of the issues with this is that we often neglect our duty to place God as number one in our lives.
At university there are many tasks that get in the way of us living out our Christian faith. Some of these include study sessions, friends, stresses with assessments, too much freedom, and the list goes on.
Some other indirect difficulties, such as no easy opportunities to share your faith, no other Christians to relate to and a lack of time, are also present.
Many of these barriers are applicable to the work environment in similar ways, and new ones too!
Is Christian duty too much?
With this is mind, is it possible to fulfil our duty as Christians whilst maintaining a satisfactory level of commitment to these obligatory tasks?
And this is where things begin to get complicated. Is it really an expectation that we live a Christian life whilst we study or whilst we are at work, or is it okay to push it to the side as we get on with our lives?
The Bible says for us in everything we do, we should do it as if we were doing it for God. This means that before any other point is made, it should be clear that, no matter what happens, we are expected to work hard to fulfil our work's obligations.
On the other hand, we are told that we are a light that we may bring salvation to the ends of the earth (Acts chapter 13 verse 47). It is our job to show others the amazing things that God has done in our lives.
One of the ways we can do this is by showing exceptional dedication to our work so that others will see that we are servants of God and that we have a heart given to us that is beyond the average person's.
However, we don't have to limit our impact on others simply by working hard. Another way is to be the Christian in your work circles. Don't just hide away and hope that others may notice, talk to your friends in gentle ways.
For example, if they asked what you did on the weekend, let them know that you went to church, and perhaps a conversation will spark from this.
To finish up, I'm not going to say that making room for God at university or in our workplaces is easy, but I will say that it is worthwhile to try and attain.
A life without God is not life at all, so brighten up your work life by throwing a bit of God in the mixture; make time for him! He will surely bless you through these things and you will see him work in your life in new, very exciting ways.
Tim Robertson is from Sydney, and likes to write about recent learnings in the hope that other people may also benefit from them.
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