A: No, you aren’t making a mistake — not if you’ve prayed about your decision and sensed God was leading you there. The Bible says, “In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).
After all, God doesn’t want us to be isolated from people who don’t believe the way we do, or even ignore Him or hate Him. If we did that, we’d never make any impact for Christ or win others to Him. Remember Jesus’ words: “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15).
See yourself, therefore, as someone whom God is sending to your campus — not to be negative or obnoxious, but as a winsome and wise witness for Christ. The Bible calls us to be “blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine ... like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).
Make your commitment to live for Christ firm and unshakable — not just for college, but for the rest of your life. Then ask God to lead you to a Christian organization on your campus where you’ll find fellowship and encouragement from other believers. Above all, no matter how busy you get, take time every day to be alone with God through prayer and Bible reading. “How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word” (Psalm 119:9).
Q: I’m really ashamed of the way I’ve been living. I joined the Army right after graduating from high school, and I’ve gotten involved in a lot of things I never thought I’d do. The worst part is, I know I’ve left God behind. Is there any way to get back on track, or has God given up on me? — Pfc. G.J.
A: No, God hasn’t given up on you. If He had, you wouldn’t feel guilty or even be asking me this question. God is working in your heart, convicting you of your sins and drawing you back to Himself. Would He be doing this if He weren’t willing to forgive you?
The key is to look not only at how bad you are, but at how good Christ is. Elsewhere, you mention that you grew up in a church and were active there as a youth. You know, therefore, who Jesus was: the sinless Son of God, sent from heaven to save us from our sins. He did this by becoming the final and complete sacrifice for our sins through His death on the cross. The Bible says, “He appeared so that he might take away our sins” (1 John 3:5).
Did Jesus die for you? Does Jesus want you to be part of His family and be with Him in heaven? Certainly! Turn to Him today, confessing your sins and asking Him to forgive you and come into your life. The Bible says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).
Then ask God to help you resist temptation and live for Christ every day. Ask Him also to lead you to other believers (perhaps in your post’s chapel) who can help you.
Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.