Faith in College or Faith in God?
Heaven Ministries

 

God wants young Christian men to be diligent in their plans so whatever they set their minds to do, in the Lord, will lead to abundance for his family. It takes great wisdom to understand what self-reliance in God means. God wants his people to have what they need but money and the things that money can buy should not lead a person’s life.

Happiness and contentment is not riches. Self-reliance in the Lord is prosperity and freedom because you aren’t relying on others for your livelihood. Instilling Godly dependence in our children when they are young builds good workmanship and industriousness later on, and they will not depart from it. There is some wonderful wisdom in God’s Word about work, and making a living for oneself. In Proverbs 21:5 it says, “The plans of the diligent leads to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”

Happiness and contentment is being diligent in the Lord and seeking a livelihood that is pleasing to the Lord. Too many times young men pursue employment and careers that clearly take them away from their families and from being self-reliant on God. They work long, stressful hours and sometimes have to go out of town. This is the haste and sometimes the waste, which really does lead to poverty and poor marriages.

Parents have a big part in this by pushing their children out the door to pursue riches. It is important that whatever a sincere Christian man decides to do with his life, it is pleasing to the Lord in every which way, and God will bless him with abundance and contentment. God does not want us to be dependent on anybody. He wants us to be dependent on Him. This scripture below means to not be dependent on government and loans for your livelihood.

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so you will not be dependent on anybody. (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12)

When a man puts his trust in the things of the world (debt) his house may sprout wings and fly away. Then what shall he do with his family? His job may decide that it does not need him anymore, and then what shall he do for a living to provide for his family. A man surely cannot be self reliant in God and be in debt at the same time. Using credit as a means to sustain a livelihood is asking for trouble.

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)

What’s more important for the Christian, a young man who goes to college to learn about how to be a engineer but is failing his second marriage. Or the man who learns all he can about how to be industrious and self-sufficient for his family (depending on the Lord) and who is committed to his marriage?

Christ teaches us not to let selfish ambition rule our lives and that’s because it develops selfish attitudes about money and materialism.  It is easy to be drawn in by wrong desires by the presence of society and even by well-meaning Christian parents and friends. But by listening to worldly advice such as “go for riches”, or “set high goals”, and “you NEED to go to college to be somebody”, or “go get rich fast”, young men can be drawn in by greed and competitiveness that literally takes them away from Jesus Christ where true faith, trust and hope should be. Most people believe that these things are wisdom, but clearly they are not. Seeking God’s wisdom delivers young men from the need to compare themselves with others and to not want or envy what others have.

Who is wise and understanding among you” Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. (James 3:13-16)

In this world many Christian men are taught to lust after money because it is thought it is the only way to succeed, but not only is this wrong thinking but it is clearly not pleasing to God. If a man wants to have blessings for himself and family then he must seek out those things that are pleasing to our Lord. The sincere Christian man must not allow money, greed, power, and worldly desires keep him from Godly wisdom.

There is nothing sinful about going to college, but should the Christian be putting their trust in a college education so he can go “get a job”? Can he not be dependent on God, study and learn, according to his calling and still make a livelihood for himself and family? Why throw our young men into the lion’s den. Will it make him stronger, more independent in the world? So what! What about being faithfully stronger in Jesus Christ and being dependent on God for his sustenance?

If your son wants to go to college, by all means let him go, but if he does not want to go to college, why push him to go? Perhaps it is the parents who are harboring the selfish ambition. A Sincere Christian should rely on Jesus Christ first and foremost, above everything else in his life! And then God will bless him.

"Self Reliance IS Reliance on God"
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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