Freshman First 40 — Day 23

DAY 23
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

Col 3

Belmont University’s Vision is to be a leader among teaching universities, bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The faculty, staff, and students at Belmont make up a rich and varied community—a community that, at its core, is a Christian community. As Belmont’s Vision describes the university, we are a community that is built upon the twin pillars of learning and service.

Considering all that we do in this community of learning and serving, to what ends do we endeavor? Do we study hard and learn for good grades and eventual career successes or do we consider how what we learn fits in God’s eternal plan? Do we serve to achieve results primarily in this lifetime and perhaps to be recognized for these good works, or are we thinking about the eternal consequences of our service?

A right attitude in all of our efforts is one that views everything we do as being done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and for His glory. Our perspective, our personal vision, if you will, should always be focused on Christ. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:2-3). An eternal perspective is one in which Jesus and His glory is the chief end of all our activities in this earthly life.

“ Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, . . .whether in learning or in serving. . ., do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17). A Christian community is one in which Christ and His glory are foremost in our deeds, our aspirations, our dreams, and our eternal destinies. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Col. 3:23-24).

DR. BRYCE SULLIVAN
College of Arts & Sciences

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