A big part of the campus culture here at Summit Christian College is encouraging students, faculty and staff to build a strong and sustaining relationship with Jesus Christ. Each morning throughout the week we meet for devotions, a time to share what God has been putting on our hearts through the reading of his Word. In a country and culture that has become crippled in its pursuit of self-sufficiency, we are blessed to know that God's Word is alive and applicable here. We witness each day people becoming stronger, healthier, and more free when they obediently pursue God's will, rather than their own. Today, with permission, we share Devotions from student Shaylynn Splattstoesser:
How many times have we fallen into evil things thinking they were going to be good? So many people think they can "save" someone by going with them to a party but in the end, they end up falling into that evil temptation just because they though they could keep someone else from falling into that evil temptation. The reality of it is that we can’t save everyone. I know I struggle with this a lot. Thinking that if I just stay friends with that person or hang out with them all the time that I can save them, eventually. That hasn't been the case. I don't like seeing my friends fall into all the evil temptations this world has brought to our attention. All of the evil things of this world are difficult to avoid when we live in this world constantly, never having a break from the evil temptations of Satan and life.
Over the past few years I have lost many friends thinking I could save them but in the end finding out that I can’t save them. It's a hard reality to face, especially when your best friend is one of those people who you can’t save. You always thought you would have them with you but this life is so hard to overcome if you don’t lean on God for guidance in your every day life. I don't like thinking this way but we can’t save everyone.
All we can really do is pray from them and mention Christ to them often. But we still can't save everyone. We can, however, ask God to help guide their life that maybe one day they will see his light shine through. It's a hard road and many won't make it.
Don’t ever give up on trying to bring people to Christ but also don’t put yourself in the temptations of this world thinking you will be able to save everyone.
1 Corinthians 3:1- "Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ."
Luke 13:23-24- "Someone asked him, 'Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?'
He said to them, 'Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.'"