I’m back at A&M and I am so glad to be back. As much fun as I had returning to old friendships that were put on hold, I was beginning to miss the new friendships that summer interrupted. I must admit it is odd seeing people younger me walking around. These clueless and unaware freshmen are trying to find a place among 45,000 people. I’ve had the chance to meet a few of them, and I can’t believe that it was only a year ago. So much has changed. Speaking of those lovable freshmen, I have the privilege of teaching six of them biblical truths every Monday night. I’m really not qualified to teach anyone, but especially not these people. I have two girls who both spent five weeks overseas doing missions, one in Turkey and one in Morocco. I had no idea it is illegal to share the Gospel with anyone in Morocco and that the Turkish government despises Christianity so much it basically prevents the building of churches in most of the democratic country. Another one is about to join the Core of Cadets, specifically the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. I could tell you more but since the second paragraph is really long I will stop here. I should be writing again soon (unless my computer deletes another e-mail). I’ll try to include a better summary of the summer.
As I try to prepare a lesson that is challenging enough for college freshman, I’ve realized (again) that I know nothing. Luckily, I know some people who do, and this is one man shared with me from 1 Corinthians 2 and 3. Paul describes four different types of people, and I would go as far as to say these are the only four types of people in this world. First there is the natural man who ‘does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them for they are spiritually appraised” (2:14). How heartbreaking it can be talking with the natural people in this world who see the spiritual as foolishness and replace it with worldly lusts for power, performance, or pleasure. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is the man who is spiritual. This is the person who delights in seeing the Lord glorified, who has the mind of Christ, who gives thanks in all things for it is God’s will in Jesus Christ. He is illuminated and made alive in his intimacy with the Triune God. Knowing these people is so delightful because they are constantly joyful when trials and even persecutions come. The third type of man is the baby Christian. A new believe who needs ‘milk to drink, not solid food; for [he is] not able to receive it’ (3:2). I hope that you can remember back to a time in your life when you first were nurtured in the ways of God. The sweetness of the simple truth that God loves and has forgiven you, that His Grace covers you and is completely sufficient because of Jesus’ death on the Cross. But these baby Christians can turn into a Baby Huey or someone who has known the Lord for a long time, but act like an infant. Paul scolds the Corinthians saying that ‘for you are still fleshly. For since there is still jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men’ (3:3). Circumstance and sin dominate these people’s lives because they know God, but they do not walk with Him. Something else to consider: You are either transitioning from one type of man to another, or you are embodying more and more of the characteristics of the man you already are. Take heart, we will only be here a short while longer.