“Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” Acts 13:1-3
These verses come at the very beginning of Paul’s first missionary journey in Acts. The Lord had Paul working hard in Antioch ministering to the people. They took some time to fast, pray and listen intently to what God had planned for them and the Lord spoke clearly. He called out Barnabas and Saul and gave them a specific calling to be sent.
A large part of the college experience is learning how God has gifted and wired you for His kingdom. There are some students that head to college with a specific calling to a certain career field and they major in that field from beginning to end. There are some students that start out with an intent to become a doctor and through the experience of college become a businessman.
BYX is a unique place where brothers can learn to sharpen one another as Proverbs 27:17 states. The Lord will use brothers to encourage one another as they see areas of giftedness and talents that come out through service opportunities, deep conversations in cell groups and opportunities to lead within the fraternity.
I remember having a conversation with a senior BYX brother as I was finishing my sophomore year. I had to declare a specific emphasis within the business school and was having trouble making a decision. He shared with me his experience in his business field of study and why he chose that field over the others.
From that conversation, I was able to take that knowledge and encouragement to the Lord and seek His wisdom and ultimately choose the emphasis I chose. It ended up being the right, good and perfect degree plan for my gifts and talents.
In addition to the “setting apart” in these verses, there is also a clear sending out to do the work they are called to do. Another aspect I love about BYX is the honoring of our seniors as they graduate. Each chapter has a dedicated “Senior Night” where they present gifts to the seniors and allow them the opportunity to share their college experiences with their brothers.
In the early years, it seemed like that day would never come, but it does come. As the final senior chapter concludes, the brothers gather around and lay hands on the seniors as they are commissioned for their post college calling. For many of the brothers, it is the last time they will see the senior this side of heaven. It is an incredible, affirming, God-honoring tradition that marks the end of their college fraternity experience and the sending out to their calling in the Kingdom.