Hi. I am Austin Christner. I am a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I will be graduating in the spring of 2018. With this life change quickly approaching, I have been thinking more in detail about life after college causing both anxiety and excitement. While anxiety is and will continue to be a part of this process, I am excited about the many new opportunities to positively impact the lives around me through my spiritual gifts.
Over the past few months, I have gained a better understanding of my gifts through my position as a NEXUS Peer Coach. A couple of these gifts include helping people with their finances and using athletics as an outreach to expand the Kingdom. As a NEXUS Coach, I have been able to meet with students about how I can assist them in reaching their financial goals. But, it is not just about reaching financial goals, it is an outlet for a bigger purpose, God’s purpose. As I reflect over these spiritual gifts, I become more and more excited about graduation and the opportunities before me.
Everyone has the capability to serve, but knowing our spiritual gifts allows us to serve to the best of our ability. 1 Peter 4:10 says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” What are your spiritual gifts; and how can you use them to expand your reach as your serve after graduation?
The Bible talks a lot about serving our God and others. Hebrews 6:10 states, “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” God remembers our works for Him and The Church. I do not know where God is going to be calling me to serve, but one thing I hope is that I can look back at my life and see the lives I have impacted through serving them and my God the best I could.
If you would like to talk through this topic in greater detail, schedule a meeting with a NEXUS coach today. You may also email me directly at [email protected] if you would like to continue this discussion.