On results day...
A quick search of #ALevelResultsDay on Twitter reveals a fair amount of dread, nervousness, celebration and disappointment. Group chats across the country are abuzz with people sharing their news – or trying to avoid being asked about it!
So how does God fit into all the questions of purpose, achievement or frustration that today might raise?
1. There’s only one qualification that matters
It’s easy to place our identity in what we do – be that ‘student’ or ‘artist’ or ‘doctor’. Uni’s supposed to be when you find your identity in life, right?
When grades seem crucial for the next step then results day can feel like a pivotal moment.
So what does the Bible have to say about it?
At the end of the day, there’s only one identity that matters: our status as God's children and citizens of His Kingdom.
And we don't get there from scraping through an exam, or a earning a qualification through months of hard work.
Our qualification to participate in God’s glorious Kingdom comes from God Himself, who through Jesus ‘has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.’ (Colossians 1).
That’s an unconditional offer for anyone who’ll accept it, and it stands true whatever that envelope holds today.
Why not take some time this summer to get to know better the God who so desperately wants to know you?
2. God puts us in places for a purpose
We’re created in God’s image, designed to live for Him. In Acts 17, Paul explains:
[God] himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’
Whatever next year holds for you – a gap year, university, or starting work – God's purpose is for people to seek out and find Him. So as a Christian, filled with God’s Spirit, you’re a light pointing people to Jesus, wherever you are and whatever you're doing!
If you are heading to uni, get involved with the CU to join a community of students living and speaking for Jesus on their courses, in their halls and with their friends.
And whatever you’re doing next, even if it’s not what you expected, look for ways that you can do what you love and point to Jesus along the way.
Joanna Robertson is UCCF's Digital Communications Officer, where she loves helping students explore what it means to trust Jesus throughout university and beyond.