Written by Noah Sydow
For someone who has gone to small parochial schools all their life, the change to life on a university campus can be quite drastic. Not only do you have to familiarize yourself with a new routine, area, and social norms, but the change in a religious sense is a wide gap to span. The change from hearing and taking part in Bible study every day, to not hearing it unless you are in church on the weekends can be a hard thing for many people. Recently, I have been personally evaluating my faith life, and trying to find ways that I can strengthen myself in my daily faith. I have found using the phrase, “Competent, Confident, Constant” has really allowed to me focus in on what I need on a day to day basis.
1 Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.
Competent. the definition of competent is having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully. This means that you must have the necessary knowledge and ability to answer someone’s question about your faith. A good answer could include:
- Who you believe in
- Why you believe in Him
- What makes you want to live a faithful life
- How you are able to have this faith
Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.
Confident. The definition of confident is feeling or showing self-assurance. You can have competence, but if you don’t possess the confidence to express what you believe to others then the message is restricted to yourself. In this passage, Paul says that we can be confident in our salvation in Jesus Christ and eternal life with Him. We don’t need to have confidence in ourselves when our full confidence, both for our salvation and for our ability to speak to others about this salvation, is in Jesus.
1 Corinthians 7:35
I am saying this for your benefit, not to place a limitation on you, but so that without distraction you may give notable and constant service to the Lord.
rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer
Constant. The definition of constant is “occurring continuously over a period of time”. Many times, we as Christians fall prey to the trap of only thinking of our faith when we attend church, when we have devotions, or in other religious contexts. But we are told that we should be constantly worshipping, praying, thinking about what God wants of us in our day to day lives. Finally, there is a use of the word constant that is the most important thing to remember through all times, and I think it is expressed really well in this next passage.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.
This passage truly shows the unconditional side of God’s love. His love is steadfast and constant in Jesus, whose sacrifice for us is constant. “Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25). His death and resurrection will always be interceding for us and our sins. This is truly one of the most comforting things we can remember, because even when we are down in the lowest parts of our lives, God’s love for us is forever constant, and more than we could ever imagine.