21 Nov City Project, God’s Promises, and the Key to Sharing the Gospel
Hannah Croom is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a member of the Summit College Student Leadership Team.
When I began my first year at Carolina, I immersed myself in the same kind of “Christian bubble” that I had been a part of all throughout high school. Growing up, I was always taught to surround myself with good Christian friends and not associate with bad company. That kind of community is awesome and has been a huge blessing in my life, however, this past summer, God revealed to me the importance of going “outside the camp” as His Word tells us to do in Hebrews 13:13 – to go to the unbeliever, to those who are far from God.
As I read through my journal from this past summer, I was searching for a certain “thing” that made me understand that I needed to share the gospel. In the end, that “thing” was God’s Word. As I read through Acts and 1 and 2 Corinthians, I could not get over the boldness that Paul possessed for preaching the gospel to all people. Paul is what we might consider a “varsity Christian,” and I thought that there was no way that I could be as effective as him when sharing my faith. However, in 1 Corinthians 2, Paul writes that he went to the people of Corinth “in weakness and with great fear and trembling.” In speaking, his words were neither wise nor persuasive, but they demonstrated the power of the Holy Spirit. God’s Word tells me that I “have been enriched in every way – with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge” (1 Corinthians 1:5). As a follower of Jesus, I have within me the same power that fueled Paul, the power of the Holy Spirit. This promise, along with countless others found in God’s Word, transformed me this summer and will continue to do so throughout the rest of my time on Earth pursuing Him and His kingdom.
Since coming back to school, God has blessed me with numerous opportunities to see Him save as I boldly share my faith, and I have seen three girls within the past few months come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Just last week, as one of the girls told me that she was ready to start following Jesus, I prayed, “God, what are you doing and why are you choosing to use me? This is definitely more than I could ask or imagine!”
This summer, after completing City Project (college students, you seriously need to consider doing this next summer), learning to share my faith, and diving deeper into the promises that God has given us in His Word, I have been more ready and open to share the gospel with people on campus than ever before. I know that my personal ability to share the gospel is insignificant because it is the Lord who does all of the work. The fact that He chooses to make His children useful overwhelms, baffles, and humbles me. In seeing people on my campus come to Christ I am reminded of the gospel. We have done nothing to deserve God’s love, yet He freely lavishes it upon us.
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