Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” Acts 3.6.
It is from an incident in Acts 3 where Peter and John heal a cripple who sat at the temple gate begging. When they were about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them Acts 3: 3-5. He got what he never expected i.e., healing in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. He jumped and praised God who gave him beyond his expectations.
Dear ones, when we look around especially at today’s young generation in colleges & universities we see a group who is going through a lot of difficulties. Broken homes, unrealistic expectations from the parents and teachers, peer pressures etc are only a few of the issues. Like the cripple they are looking only for some ‘momentary’ help because they feel that is the solution to their problems. Many of them take refuge in alcohol and drugs and their usage is on the rise among them.
We have a much better solution which is effective and permanent, the good news of Jesus Christ. As UESI family, who are called to minister to the students we need to think and pray together for the deliverance of our students in the state and the country. We have a lot to learn from people like David Wilkerson, who died recently in a car accident who brought many addicts and alcoholics to the Lord.
His story is told in the book, ‘The Cross and the Switch Blade’ which is worth reading.
As we have entered into a new academic year, 2010-11, let us spend more time in prayer personally as well as in EU/ICEU/ EGF, for our colleges. Let us also take some more effort to spread this great good news which is the only and the best solution to the problems of the younger generation.