Summer Growth Challenge - Week 8

The Summer Growth Challenge 2015 project is written by Kevin Kusunoki. He loves mentoring students, watching baseball and reliving his days as the frontman of a boy-band. 

We’re almost there! Stick with it! Sadly, this is my last post for the summer, and in a way I feel like these are my last words to the community! So here goes:

If I have learned anything in my years here at American University, it would be the importance of maintaining a genuine relationship with Jesus. Yes, it is a cliche. But it’s a cliche for a reason; because it is constantly preached at us by our pastors, and our parents! So I will say it one more time: make your relationship with God a priority. 

When you step into ministerial leadership, there will inevitably be a tension between what is personal and what is professional.  By “personal,” I am referring to your relationship with God:  times spent in prayer and times spent in scripture, etc.  By “professional,” I am referring to your obligations as student leaders: preparing bible studies, mentoring other students, going to prayer meetings, attending worship services. Those responsibilities, in addition to your responsibilities as a student, will give you little breathing room in life. It is in those instances that it becomes very easy to merge our “professional” time with our “personal." Thus disregarding any need to spend personal time with God. The more I write sermons and mentor other students, the less I find myself meditating on scripture or on my knees in prayer. 

Please don’t fall into that trap. 

I think this is one of the greatest appeals that Peter makes in this book. We MUST plant ourselves in the knowledge of God. That knowledge must come from a first-hand experience of Him through scripture, prayer, and worship. Because that KNOWLEDGE is the foundation for our Godly living and will allow us to enjoy the richness of the new heaven and the new earth. It will also protect us from the deception of false teachers and false prophets.

In Matthew 22, Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment was, and He responded by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment”. Let’s remember to do that before we do anything else. 

Finish strong and find the memorization plan here!