By Kevin Jacobson
[Fall Intern with Tom Short]
“…remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” –Ephesians 2:12-13
I read this verse on November 7, 2017 during my quiet time while in Raleigh, North Carolina. Later that very same day, Maggie (a fellow intern) and I, at NC State, had approached a man named Tyler and had a conversation with him about Jesus. After a few minutes into conversation, he made a few comments about himself that showed him to be a bit hopeless. His comments were, “I feel dead inside,” and “I don’t feel like living every day.” While talking with him, I tried to encourage him by letting him know that in Christ there is always hope, and I shared the passage in Ephesians with him. The conversation ended with him genuinely thanking us for talking to him.
I’m so thankful that we, as Christians, serve a God who loved us so much that he gave his Son in order that we might have hope. Hope that says, “God is with me,” “I [God] will never leave you,” and “I [God] will complete a work in you.” No matter what mistakes we have made or what circumstances we are in God promises to work for our good.
To be honest, I don’t know where I would be if it weren’t for these precious promises. There have been many times where I’ve been barely hanging on as different things have come up, but I cling to these promises. So, I sympathize and pray for Tyler. I pray that he might realize that in Christ there is hope and that he will choose to live for Him.
I traveled this past fall as a Truth on Display intern while campus evangelist, Tom Short, took the gospel to college campuses all over the country, and I was in many conversations similar to the one about Tyler. Tom’s motto for his ministry is “Takin’ it to Their Turf”, which means that he wants to take the message of hope to where students are at, rather than waiting for them to come to church.
It was a great experience along with the other five interns as we made it to over fifteen campuses this fall. It was an experience I won’t ever forget, and it was through God’s providence and his generous people that made it possible for me to go on this trip.