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“Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!’ And they left their nets at once and followed him.” Matthew 5:19-20 NLT
When Jesus called the first disciples, Peter and Andrew, to follow Him, they left their nets “at once.” I believe they did this because it was evident, even that early in Jesus’ ministry, who He is. So Peter and Andrew drop their nets, essentially everything they knew, and followed a man that they didn’t know. How crazy does that seem? Living in a world where our society is so concerned with material things, the idea of literally dropping your career in the water to follow someone you don’t even know sounds crazy.
But what it comes down to is this:
“‘Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.'” Matthew 6:19-21 NLT
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?” Luke 9:25 NLT
Does it matter what we have in this life if we don’t have Jesus? Honestly, no. Can we live a humble, God-honoring life and a good job and nice things? Yes, but it’s about having a life that is completely focused on honoring Christ in everything you say and do.
So what does this actually have to do with me, as a college student only working part-time right now?
Well, I’ve addressed this in a bit different of a light before, but if you’re in high school or older you’ve probably been asked at one time in your life something along the lines of (over and over again) “So what are you going to do again?”
Now, if you’re going for something “safe” where you’ll almost definitely get a job right out of school making a lot of money, kudos to you.
My major is Christian Leadership and Management. Originally, I thought that I would use that in a business setting to start a Christian gym/counseling center. Here’s the thing: over the past few years, I’ve felt God calling me to do something else. Something that scares me..like..a lot.
I’ve felt some little nudges here and there and had family and friends occasionally mention “Why don’t you just (insert what I felt God calling me to do all along..)” I think my typical response would be something along the lines of “But I don’t want to.”
I’ve always had a tremendous fear of public speaking, but have often found myself in situations where I just have to do it anyway. It no longer matters how afraid I am, because all that matters is that if I sit here instead of standing up then what happens? Could God have used me to save souls if I had just opened my mouth?
The final nudge came about three weeks ago when I had to take a spiritual gifts test for my Introduction to Church Ministries class and my dominant gifts were as follows: #1: Pastoring/Shepherding and tied for #2:Exhortation and Serving. That kind of sealed the deal for me. I had felt God’s leading to be a pastor for the last few years, but never that clearly. Yes, it may sound like I’m reading into the test too much, but hear me out.
If these are the gifts that God has given me, it makes perfect sense that I’ve been feeling God calling me to be a pastor. I cannot wait to see where God leads me where He takes me from here, but all I know is this:
Lord, I will follow you. If following you means across this city, nation or to the ends of the earth, I will follow you. You are worth so much more than anything in this world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.