Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We live in a time of our lives where every decision we make will have long-lasting implications. Many of us are choosing what colleges to apply to right now, and because of that, many of us are also looking to what career college will propel us towards. It can all be very intimidating.
But it doesn’t have to be. God calls us towards different things than our careers. Yes, our college and career and life are important, and not to be trivialized, but it isn’t the purpose of life. Question and answer one of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (not the Bible, but most reformed Christians acknowledge that it is a fair and accurate summary of the Bible) says, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer is, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”
Note that the question doesn’t say, “Glorify God as a nurse” or “Glorify God at an Ivy League school.” We are able to glorify God wherever we are. And we’re able to enjoy him wherever God calls us as well. We’ve all heard the fairy tail where the man who has it all is unhappy and the young woman who has nothing is content. We can learn a lesson from these tales. We don’t need to have the life we envisioned to be content.
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20) Here God also gives us all calling - go out into all the world and make disciples - and once again he mentions nothing about whether the disciples originally wanted to be teachers of Christ. In fact, it’s probably safe to assume that not one of them did.
Not only does God call us to glorify him, enjoy him and the teach others in whatever we do, many times we don’t even know what he is calling us to do. “If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.” (1st Corinthians 8:2) God knows the plans he has for us, but we don’t.
In short, I want this message to be a comfort to you. When you panic about college and about your future, remember God knows what’s best for you. And remember that wherever you end up, you can still fulfill God’s greatest callings for you.
Josiah DeBoer (17) is a senior at The Potter's School