Many people would like to go to Bible College but don’t sense a specific call from God to do so. Yet we do and enjoy many things without a specific call from God. What if we went to the grocery store only when we felt a specific call in that area? Yet a desire to go to the grocery store is much more likely to be motivated by the flesh than going to Bible College. It’s okay to go to Bible College just because you want to.
It’s okay to go to Bible College because you recognize a need to change your life. Many people’s lives have been turned up-side-down by a sickness or disease, death of someone they love, divorce, loss of a job or some other major life upheaval. Bible College can help turn your life back right-side-up, built on the firm foundation of doing the Word. Changing your life truly can change your world.
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The phrase “be not conformed to this world” is referring to a molding process. The world is constantly trying to mold us into its image, calling evil good and good evil. The world says, “Premarital sex is okay. Abstinence is prudish. Homosexuality is a choice as well as the murder of the unborn. Anyone who speaks against homosexuality or abortion is narrow-minded and unloving.” These are examples of the conforming pressures of this world.
We either succumb to the pressures of the world’s mold or are transformed by the renewing of our minds. We renew our minds through the washing of water by the word. It’s with a renewed mind that we can experience the will of God at work in our lives.
Imagine two hands. One holds a rock. The other holds a marshmallow. Each hand squeezes. The rock is as unchangeable as God’s Word in the renewed mind. The marshmallow contorts and is molded by every squeeze, every whim of the world. It all depends upon what is inside you.
In Daniel chapter 3 is the story of a huge image that Nebuchadnezzar made and demanded that everyone bow to it or be thrown into a fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, being Hebrews, refused to bow to the idol. They stood firm and declared in:
Daniel 3:17,18 “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
Nothing Nebuchadnezzar could do affected the decision of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to honor only their God. They had the right stuff inside them. As a result, they experienced a miracle of God’s deliverance that changed a nation. And they were promoted, too.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were prepared to fill their moment in history because their minds were not conformed to the Babylonian world. Their minds were renewed to the truths in God’s Word. You also have a moment in history. Your decision to go to Bible College can help you be prepared to fulfill it.