I was intrigued when I saw an article titled, "4 Reasons You Should Invest in College-Age Christians." A college pastor felt it important to convince the older generation why we are worth being poured into, and I'm glad he did. I think we can take some insight from his words, as well.
1. We are setting the spiritual trajectory for our lives.
Nielson makes a strong point: we are making decisions right now that impact us more significantly than those we make later on in life. We're deciding where to work, who to marry, how to serve the Lord, etc. These decisions shape who we are. I feel like we often look to the future, excited for what is coming next. I'd implore you to stay in the 'now' - this is a crucial time that deserves appropriate attention.
2. For the most part, we are making our choice now whether or not to invest in the Church.
We are away from our parents and establishing our own life patterns (that will stick!) We are also learning to be a valuable part of our church bodies, not just the 'tagalong' with our parents. Take advantage of this opportunity!
3. We bring life, vibrancy, service, wisdom and energy to our churches.
Nielson encourages our elders to recognize this, and I encourage you to recognize it in yourself. You have MUCH to offer the church, whether or not you believe it. The Lord does not work by the world's standards; you don't have to have a Master's degree or a PhD to serve the Lord passionately, and praise Him for that! Rather, we are called to offer all that we have to Him.
This point reminds me of 1 Timothy 4:12: "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." (ESV)
4. We will depart from here to pursue callings all over the world.
I urge you to not take CIU for granted. Never again will you be surrounded by a community like this! If you are willing, God will use this place to affirm you in your calling, encourage you through others and prepare you to do His will outside of here. Take advantage of your resources!You can read the original article by Jon Nielson here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/01/29/4-reasons-you-should-invest-in-college-age-christians/.