The week of the University Training was the week where one of the days was the day of my A-level results.
As the build up towards this day got nearer, a lot of my friends were worrying and getting really anxious because these results determine if we will go to university, which university we will be going to, whether we got into our top choice and you could say, they also determine our future. Some were saying how they were having nightmares about the exam results 4 nights in a row and some were even crying.
Attending the University Training really preserved me in this matter. If I had gone with my earlier decision of not going, it wouldn’t just be my friends having these problems but myself also. As the rest of my friends were being filled with doubts, worries and fears, I found myself feeling the complete opposite.
The message given the night before I had to leave was on the matter of Consecration For the Central Work of God. There are five main aspects of consecration:
- The basis of consecration – God’s purchase
- The motive of consecration – God’s love
- The meaning of consecration – to be a sacrifice
- The purpose of consecration – to be used by God and to work for God
- The result of consecration – to abandon our future.
I was particularly struck by the last point – the result of consecration. I have heard about the matter of consecration many times in the past, but it had never touched me in such a way. We need to see that we have to abandon our future.
In the situation that I was in, it didn’t matter whether I got the grades to go to the University I wanted to, so that I would eventually get the job I want in the future. All these matters are not worth worrying about, because my ‘future’ is a handful of ashes. I have no future, my future is only in Christ!
Philippians 4:6-7 “In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; And the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”
Sharing by sister L.C. from her top enjoyment and experience in 2013 University Training at Bower House (London, England).