The Significance of God's Word

When I first tell someone about my work as a campus minister at Harvard, it often elicits a response such as, “Isn’t it intimidating being with such bright students?” Honestly I am often humbled at how knowledgeable the students I know are, and how quickly they are able to acquire new knowledge. They are smarter than I!

But the answer to that question is – or ought to be – “No.” (I sometimes forget it.) My calling as a campus minister (like any minister) is not to be smarter than anyone else. Rather, a healthy ministry centers around reflection on the Word of God, and so my job is to study it well – technically and reflectively. Reflecting on Scripture is precisely what so many of my students struggle to do. They struggle to make much time for it; they often do not have the maturity or determination to meditate deeply on its implications for their lives. Certainly some go to Scripture more faithfully than others, but this task is never for anyone left alone – it is a joint endeavor. As a minister, I have studied the Bible more than most 18 year olds; yet, more importantly, I am called to search out how and in what ways it applies to their lives.

It strikes me when I encounter this question that I am getting into the heart of RUF’s unique convictions – unique in contemporary Christianity, though deeply rooted in orthodox belief. The significance of Scripture is neither merely an admission of its inspiration, nor as a book for us to interpret – important as those things are. But Scripture is significant because it is God’s Word that interprets us!

Jeremy Mullen, Campus Minister at Harvard
February 5, 2013
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