Tonight, as I was catching up with an old friend, we began discussing what we want to do “when we grow up” . While talking about where we wanted our majors to take us, we came to the conclusion that most college students have no idea.
As a college freshman, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. For that matter, I was pretty sure I knew what God was calling me to do. But, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sometimes, what God is calling us to can seem obvious. Fresh out of high school, I saw a career in politics. As a sophomore in college, I see a completely different picture.
This week, I read through half of Luke with a few high school friends. While skimming though the book, one friend drew attention to the story of the demon-possessed man in Luke 8. Once the demons were cast out of the man, Jesus got ready to leave. The newly-delivered man begged to go with Him, but Jesus sent him away saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you” (Luke 8:39). What really strikes me about His statement is how much it seems to contrast Jesus’ teaching in the following chapter. In Luke 9, Jesus commands that people follow Him, but warns them that it will cost them everything– including leaving their home and family.
So here’s this guy in Luke 8 who is chomping at the bit to drop everything and jump in a boat with Jesus, and Jesus tells him to go home. That caught me off guard, but then I began to relate to it. Many times, Christians (especially in their college years) feel like they have found their call in life, when Jesus completely throws a wrench into things. From what I’ve observed, this is a moment that can either make you or break you. Students will either give up on God all together, decide to fight against Him and attempt to fulfill their dream on their own, or abandon their initial plan in full pursuit of the will of God.
God really used this passage to speak to me this week. I had been struggling with some life decisions, praying for God to speak, and He slapped me in the face with this scripture. Though it directly applies to me, I believe all college students can learn from this passage. All I’m saying is, be ready. Realize that Christ is the one in control of your future, and when you’re all set to jump in the boat, He might tell you to go home. But, listening to Him will be the best choice you ever make.