When I think of all God has done the last few years here at Virginia Tech, I am so SATISFIED! This is a picture taken of some Virginia Tech guys at this year's new years conference in DC. Each face in this picture (with the exception of a few randos who photobombed us) reminds me of God's loving pursuit of a specific young man. As far as I can tell, 9 of the guys in this picture have become Christians in college, and 4 within the last 6 months! Better than that, God has positioned us to live life and follow him together. I can truly say that I feel what Romans 15:14 says about these guys. "I myself am SATISFIED about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another".
Yet at the same time, this picture ENERGIZES me. When I see how true God's promises show themselves to be in this world as people live to make Him known...I feel deeper and stronger desires to help this work spread! I think that's why Paul, after celebrating his satisfaction with God's work in Romans 15:14-19 reveals growing desires to continue laboring for the gospel. "And Thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, but as it is writen, 'those who have never been told will see, and those who have never heard will understand". We're satisfied by what God is doing yet also energized to see more.
That's why a "satisfied" bible study of 6 guys split up this year. After studying the scriptures and praying together for over 2 years, one group of 6 seniors decided to break up, to make room for others. 3 of these guys asked 5 others to partner with them for the rest of the school year as they aim to share Jesus' life and story with international students at Tech. We call this group the "International Team". The International Team is aiming to build more student leaders while loving the often isolated international student community at VT. Meanwhile, the other 3, and 1 of their sophomore buddies, became the "National Team", a group of 4 student leaders who are hoping to shepherd the growing number of young Christians in our ministry. The National Team partners together to lead 3 bible studies with nearly 30 attendees.
As satisfied as we are, and as happy as we've been to partner with the Holy Spirit as he pursues our campus; this semester is one where we are dreaming of how we might best help our town grow spiritually and asking God to help us do it.