An Open Letter to All Admitted Christian Students
You made it!!!
Congratulations! All that hard work in high school paid off. You’re now admitted to the #1 public university to the world. Four wonderful years await you, full of personal growth, forming new relationships, and pursuing a world-class education. But, what about your spiritual growth? How will you continue your Christian walk with God in college? Is being a Christian even possible in Berkeley?
Well, I first would like to say first and foremost and emphatically, yes. I believe that God has opened the door for you all to attend UC Berkeley, and if His will is for you to come, I am confident that He has prepared many situations and experiences of Himself for you in the coming years. I encourage you all to pray and bring your college decision before the Lord, that wherever you go would be the place where you can gain the most Christ (Phil. 3:8).
In regards to your Christian walk in college, as a graduating senior, I have to testify that college is a special and particular time not only to get the best education, but also to grow so much in your relationship with God. There are so many opportunities and experiences for God to write pages and pages on your heart in your spiritual history with Him (2 Cor. 3:3). Be bold! Grasp each opportunity to testify Christ, witness Christ to your friends, and grow in Christ.
My experience has definitely been one of 2 Timothy 2:22, “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (NKJV). My Christian walk has been so enriched and uplifted by surrounding myself with fellow college students who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Having spiritual companions picks you up when you’re down and encourages you to run faster when you’re up. Our Christian life is not meant to be isolated and individualistic (Rom. 12:5). I encourage and even implore you all to be plugged into a Christian community wherever you will go.
Finally, don’t forget to take care of your personal relationship with God. Schedule time to spend with Him in the mornings. Talk to Him while you walk to class, study, or do laundry. Call on His name (Rom. 10:12-13)! Keep in fellowship with Him through prayer. Spend time with Him in the Word, even use the verses of the Bible to pray back to Him. Don’t worry too much. It is a large transition coming up, but God is with you always. And be confident that here in Christians on Campus and even throughout the whole Body of Christ, we are all praying for you.
May the Lord gain the glory.
– Daniel T.