This Christian Law student did something which has not been done before. She wrote a blog about her powerful testimony and shared the Gospel online, not on Facebook, IG, or Instagram, but on Harvard University’s website.
Marianna Marques is a Harvard Law student who bravely shared her love for God and His redeeming power. What’s the reason behind her candor to publish a subject not commonly featured on an Ivy League website? What pushed her to use this platform to tell people about her faith?
She explained that “Admissions runs a blog called ‘Student Voices.'” They do this to give “potential students” a glimpse of the Harvard Law experience of current students. She grabbed this opportunity to share her insights. “I thought, ‘Well, I haven’t seen people really share the spiritual side to what led them to law school,'” she said. “So, I thought it would be a unique perspective that would be worth sharing.”
She shared the Gospel and encouraged people to come back to Him. She also explained that Jesus is the only way to be free from sins or any mess one is in.
Here’s a powerful excerpt from her blog:
“My life belongs to Jesus Christ, so I choose to allow Him to speak through me. When Jesus walked the Earth, many tried to silence Him and to stop Him from denouncing the corrupt religious leaders. They even killed Him, thinking that death would quench His voice. But when He resurrected three days later, He proved that His voice would never die. Instead, His innocent blood was spilled in the place of our guilty blood. He paid the price for our sins so that we could be free. Free from anxiety, depression, vices, anger, pain, trauma, pride, greed, and on and on. By asking Jesus to forgive us for all we’ve done wrong and by continually seeking Him, we are saved. We are set free from the pain of our past and worries of our present and future. We live forever (John 3). This good news is what my voice now proclaims.”
“The devil doesn’t want people to know that we can have freedom, salvation, life in abundance through Christ,” she added.
This is a pretty bold move for a student to post since no one has posted or written something related to this ever. This brave blogger also anticipated some pushback, but thankfully, she received “a lot of positive reactions” instead.
Marianna’s actions and decisions are based on what the Lord wants her to do. This was ingrained in her during her early teens. She recalled, “At a young age, I gave my life to Jesus Christ. At age 13, while I was reflecting on my life plans, I heard God’s voice (in my spirit) for the first time: ‘Those are your plans for yourself, not Mine.'”
“Although God says in Scripture that He has a plan for each of us, I hadn’t consulted Him as I had developed my own. I hadn’t trusted that His plans would bring me satisfaction—I lacked faith and wanted control.” Marianna gave up control and “decided to trust Him and to surrender my plans.”
This faith-filled woman trusted that if God wanted it, her story will be published no matter what. “I knew in that sense it would be a spiritual battle, but I knew that if God wanted the story to be shared that He would also make a way.”
This student also knew that she is in Harvard for a bigger purpose.
“The whole reason I feel like God brought me here is to spread His truth, spread His love to others,” she said. “And so I felt like this was a great opportunity to show what God can we do when we give our lives to Him and walk with Him.”
Listen to Marques’ moving story:
Harvard University was founded as a Christian institution to train ministers. However, as years passed, the university became more known for its academic excellence and secular nature. Marianna has this to say, “That’s what the enemy wants us to think—‘Harvard’s doomed,’ that’s just not true. Not only is it not true, even if it were true, the church still has the authority that Christ has given us to push back the power of darkness.”
She has been praying with other students and professors for revival on campus. This is a battle that God has won already. It’s just a matter of time for this to materialize.
She said with conviction, “God is there. God is everywhere. He is moving.”
Guess this woman will not just be a powerful voice in Harvard, but also in the real world when she becomes a lawyer. God will mightily use her to proclaim His love to more people at a bigger platform in the future.