When it came to college planning as a high school student, I focused on the “important” things of college–my social life.
My friends and I didn’t exactly envision those long hours in the library or the nutritious meals in the Caf when we fantasized about our future-college careers. We wanted to know about RUSH–we would have pre-made social lives, we would wear college t-shirts, we would learn how to talk to boys. We would be somebodies!
Or so we thought.
Our eighteen year old minds were not prepared for the life-changing potential behind Rush–the potential to make disciples.
One of my favorite definitions of discipleship is from the book Discipleship Essentials by Greg Ogden:
“Discipling is an intentional relationship in which we walk alongside other disciples in order to encourage, equip, and challenge one another in love to grow toward maturity in Christ. This includes equipping the disciple to teach others as well.”
I’ve formed my experience and opinion by seeing the Mississippi College Rush process, which, in case you didn’t know, isn’t a Greek system of sororities and fraternities but a group of social organizations made up of Tribes (girls) and Clubs (guys).
Every rush process at Mississippi College is led with a very specific purpose in mind. Not only do these organizations want to create good actives for their club/tribe, but they also have a great opportunity to create disciples.
I got my first glimpse of this discipleship the night of Coke Parties when actives from a specific tribe asked to pray over me. They prayed that the Lord would use me in great ways in whatever tribe I chose. In that moment, I realized Rush was not all about the date parties and t-shirts.
I saw that the Lord was doing something big within MC’s tribes and I wanted to be a part of it! Now, I am constantly surprised by how the Lord uses those relationships to “encourage, equip, and challenge” those who are seeking growth.
Community is bred through the Rush process and that is something I am forever thankful for.
So much growth has happened in my life since Rush, but it wasn’t Rush that changed my life, it was the Lord.
The Lord uses Rush as a tool to impact the lives of unsuspecting college students, like me. I would have never imagined a story like mine developing from a rush process, but the Lord is full of surprises when it comes to our life plans (or should I say His plans).
Stay tuned for Part II of this blog in the next couple weeks to learn more about what the Bible says about discipleship!
Until then, be expectant; pray expectantly, serve expectantly, wait expectantly on the Lord. He has started a good work in you, and He will carry it on to completion (Philippians 1:6).
–Elizabeth, constant learner, expectant seeker.