What do you think about graduation? Perhaps you can’t wait to get out there and make something of your life, perhaps you dread the prospect of leaving behind good student days and student friends.
"For everyone graduation is a significant transition in their lives."
Over the years I have seen many great things done by Christian friends in their places of work. Sadly I have also seen numerous other Christian friends turn their backs on Jesus. What exactly are the issues at stake here? How can we take steps to ensure that we and our friends are those who not only continue to walk on with Jesus, but who live their lives wholeheartedly for him?
There are two main reasons for putting Transition together. to encourage you to stand firm for Christ to challenge you to see the opportunity and urgency of effective Christian witness in your workplace
The material covers five main areas which we hope will be inspiring and helpful to you:
- How to think biblically about the world you are moving into.
- Biblical foundations for understanding work, identity and integrity.
- How work offers one of the key areas for Christian witness.
- How we cope with some of the significant new challenges: money, sex, power and friends.
- The support that God gives to us to help us run the race.
Throughout Transition we have included testimonies of real people, some who have just left University and College and others who have been at work for much longer. We hope you benefit from their experience.
Transition is designed to be used with web material thatbacks up many of the articles and reviews. See inside the back cover for details of what is on www.workwise.org.uk .
At the start of this new phase of life there are big answers needed to some of life’s big questions. I have always found Hebrews 12:1-3 a great inspiration in my Christian life. Look at these verses for a minute and think about how much they say to us.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Here is a clear sense of who we are, where we’re going and why we’re going there. The Christian life is about a life focused on Jesus, persevering with others to follow his example.
We are surrounded by the great cloud of all who have gone on in faithfulness to Christ before us. People who have endured far worse than we can ever expect, and others who have faced just the same issues we will face tomorrow. We are part of the church, the body of Christ, in which we serve and support others as others serve and support us.
Jesus not only wrote the script for our salvation, but also lived his life in order to bring us to God. In the way he lived, he demonstrated how we can please God through the way we live our lives today, secure in the certain future that we already have in him.
God’s word continues to speak loud and clear, teaching us how to live lives which are worthy of this good news, and Transition looks at how this applies practically to the situations we face now.
My hope and prayer is that the Holy Spirit will give each of us the strength and help we need to keep running the race, the grace we need whenever we and those we know stumble, and the presence of mind to keep looking up to Christ.
May God bless all you do in his name,
IFES Graduate Secretary for Europe and Eurasia