At the convocation on Friday, the final day of Global Focus Week, Liberty University welcomed Conrad Mbewe, Pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, Zambia and Founding Chancellor of African Christian University, as the morning’s chief guest.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while, but the Lord has finally opened the door for us.
Mbewe delivered a message to Old Testament students in the Book of Job. After losing everything, Job was contacted by friends who were initially trying to comfort him. However, after seeing how extreme the devastation of Job’s earthly situation had become, they told him to curse God instead.
These “friends” of Job lacked spiritual wisdom, and Mbewe pointed out that many in the world today do so because they do not know the source.
“That is mankind’s greatest need: to have a living relationship with a holy God,” he said. “Know him, fear him, respect him, love him and serve him.
“In other words, you come to a life where you love God, you love others, and as a result find fulfillment in life while God gives you breath,” he added.
Mbewe told the students that this is the mindset they should have if they consider devoting their lives to missionary work.
Mbewe then took the students to where Job would make his final defense to his friends on behalf of the Lord. It is this final defense that Mbewe says readers can discover the “golden nuggets” produced by Job.
“(They) talk about human achievements, great achievements, but (the achievements) have no wisdom,” he said.
Mbewe said that despite the incredible advances in knowledge and various industries throughout history, the world is still broken.
“The world is still searching,” he said. “The world still wants. It’s still a world of misery, it’s still a world of war. It’s a world that still needs help. And there it goes when Job talks about how elusive wisdom remains.” .”
Mbewe elaborated on what Job meant by “wisdom.”
“It’s the ability to understand life as God intended it,” he said. “It’s the ability to make decisions that align with how life should be.”
Mbewe encouraged his students not to search for wisdom where it cannot be found (in the world), but to seek wisdom in God, the only true source of wisdom. He said that outward success doesn’t necessarily translate into a healthy state of mind.
“Apparent success is only superficial. Humans are still looking,” he said.
Another truth Mbewe shared from Job is that, sadly enough, many people in the world are not really seeking wisdom and will never find true joy until they turn to Christ.
“You cannot have joy without the wisdom that God Himself gives you,” he said.
Mbewe reminded students who the Fountain of Wisdom is.
“With the glasses of the New Testament, I can see that there is only one way to God,” he said. “Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me.’ So we packed up and went to the country. , we need to get our message across, because the world needs Christ.”
Global Focus Week concludes tonight with ‘Taste of Nations’ at Academic Lawn from 9-11pm. Here, traditional dishes from over 20 countries are served in collaboration with Liberty’s International Students and International Student Center.