As students leave their tertiary schools and enter the workforce they face a lot of adjustments. First and foremost is the adjustment to a job. (It is true that our young men have experienced non-academic work during their stint in National Service. But life in NS is a bit different from the hustle and bustle of the marketplace.)
A second adjustment is to serious relationships with the opposite sex, relationships that often lead to marriage. A third adjustment is to the receipt of regular and substantially increased income, and the need to decide how to use that income.
If a young Christian graduate is not careful, all these adjustments can have a wearing effect on his or her spiritual life. These exciting new things can actually end up being “thorns” (“the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things”) that can choke the Word planted in their lives and make it unfruitful. (Mark 4:18-19)
That’s why we’ve started our “20s-30s” ministry (page 3, NavNews March 2012). We want to continue to stoke the passion that young people have developed as students to “know Christ and make Him known.” We know that if they keep that passion, they and those they pass it on to will be well-served, as it “holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8)