24 Feb Studious Believers
Academia is a beautiful world where faculty and students interact and learn from each other. Faculty members in the digital world are not only expected to be facilitators but also to be mentors. Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Humanities and Professional courses are offered at college and university levels to prepare students to face the real world with confidence.
Academics cater only to the intellectual or cognitive side of the students. Faith, on the other hand, holds all other aspects together such as morality, emotions and spirituality. In the academic world driven by technology, it is evident that most of the students and faculty members neglect their physical and mental health wellbeing.
Believing in Christ’s finished work on the cross and living for God’s glory is essential for the children of God redeemed by the blood of Lord Jesus Christ. When a believing student excels in studies, he glorifies God through his studies. Similarly, when a professor teaches the subject well, he brings glory to our Father in heaven through his teaching career. Hence academics and faith should not be treated separately. This is our Heavenly Father’s world and whatever subjects we study and do research, the Lord God would grant His wisdom, knowledge and understanding to grasp the subject matter easily.
We go to schools and colleges to acquire knowledge. But wisdom comes from the Lord. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
We might face opposition and ridicule in the places of our study and work for Jesus’ name’s sake, but our eyes should be fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Whenever we are challenged and targeted for our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we should always be prepared to give an answer with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).
In 1 Thessalonians 4:11 & 12, we read that we should make it our ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind our own business and to work with our hands so that our daily life would enable us to win the respect of outsiders. To put it in simple words, whatever we do, we should do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
Carolyn Samuel teaches English at St. Francis College for Women. She lives with her husband Godson Samuel in