(Note: this article was originally published in “The Page”, the weekly newsletter of UOW’s Evangelical Christian Union)
‘Find Your Why’ – it’s one of those marketing taglines that our Uni likes to use, along with ‘UOW Stands for Purpose’ (which it doesn’t, by the way – UOW stands for University of Wollongong!)
Like all good marketing guff, it’s pretty vague. But I think it’s saying come to uni, find your purpose in life. What sort of purpose to life might you find at uni? Here’s so what some students seem to think:
- Get a degree, to get a good-paying job and make some money.
- To be equipped to make a difference to the world
- To have fun and make some great friends
- To learn more about the world
- To work out what the heck to do with the rest of my life.
If you’re a Christian – someone who trusts in Jesus as King and Saviour – then you’ve already found your why! It’s to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
In Colossians 3, the apostle Paul writes:
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
If we’re people who trust in Jesus, then our purpose in life as we wait for Jesus to return is to set our minds on Jesus. To focus on what will last into eternity.
This will then impact how we spend our time at Uni. We’ll still spend time learning and studying (hopefully) and having fun. But maybe we’ll also do things like come to Uni Bible Talks each week, meet with fellow Christians in faculty groups, and look for opportunities to share the good news about Jesus with others. There’s value in learning, getting a job and enjoying life, but these things are transient. First and foremost, let’s set our mind on things above.
Here at the Evangelical Christian Union our vision statement is to “Proclaim Jesus at University to present everyone mature in him.” It’s a vision that’s based on Paul’s own words in Colossians 1:28. That’s what we’re on about – proclaiming Jesus in order to bring about mature believers who trust in Jesus and live for him. We proclaim Jesus as his word is preached each week in bible talks, as we read and discuss it in faculty groups, and as we share Jesus with others.
If you’re a Christian, we’d love you to join us in this mission.
If you’re not a Christian, or are still figuring things out, it’s great to have you here today! Uni is a great opportunity to learn new things, and we’d love you to find more about Jesus and the purpose he gives to life.
Sam is in his final year of a double degree in Arts / Communication and Media Studies. He enjoys amateur theatre, playing various musical instruments, and eating chocolate. Sam is currently serving as ECU’s President, and leads our student committee.