“So what are you planning to do after you graduate?”
That question. It’s everywhere.
They’re just being nice, but it’s still hard.
What are you supposed to say? Even if you know sort of what you’ll be doing, it’s not like you have your whole life figured out.
Or, well, maybe you do. I don’t know. Wherever you are in life, I’m hoping this article will help you while you’re still making plans.
What To Do When Have No Idea
If you’re like me and have no idea what the next year will involve, I want to encourage you to keep working and looking for a place to serve. And if you’re one of those people who has an organized spreadsheet for the next decade, this is for you too.
Whoever you are, I’m going to ask you to sacrifice. To give up your dreams and your time and your stuff. To take your plans and put them in submission to Christ.
Look how He commands His disciples at the end of Matthew — this is for all of us:
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘Behold, 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, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age'” (Matthew 28:16-20).
This should be woven into the very fabric of your plans.
So let me ask you, will you take this command seriously? Will you be part of His mission? Or will you openly disobey the One who has all authority?
Should Everyone Be a Missionary?
Not everyone reading this is supposed to be a missionary, I get that. But why not try and let God stop you? Why not pick a degree with missions in mind? And if you stay, hold the rope so others can go?
There are still over 2 billion people who have zero access to the gospel, we can’t be okay with that.
We can’t sit back and live normal lives when this is true.
The harvest is ripe, the workers are few (Matt. 9:35-38) — would you consider being one of them?
Maybe earn a pilot’s license so you’ll be ready to fly medicine to field workers in remote parts of Indonesia.
Find a job to work with Chinese Muslims and share the good news with coworkers who’ve never heard.
Become an engineer and speak the gospel as you build skyscrapers in Dubai.
Go to bible school and study theology so you can help train local pastors in South East Asia.
Get an EMT, and then work in an ambulance in an area ravaged by ISIS.
Learn to teach English and reach out to college students in Japan.
Or maybe you should stay and get a fancy degree so you can make a bunch of money. Then you should die to it, give sacrificially so others can stay on the field.
I don’t know what you’ll end up doing, but please, don’t waste it. Do it for the glory of Jesus, and the spread of His gospel. Live for the mission — whether you go or send.
Will it be hard? Definitely. But God said He’s with us, and His grace will be sufficient even on the hardest days.
Will it cost us? Of course. But in light of eternity, there is no real sacrifice. We’re just trading those things for something better — the glory of Christ and the joy of those who’ll be saved.
Even if we lose everything, that’s enough to make it worthwhile.
God is bringing to Himself a people from every tongue and tribe, and He chooses to do it through ordinary believers sustained by grace. So let’s give whatever it takes to see that promise fulfilled.
You don’t need a call, you already have a verse.*
Jesus says “Go.”
So let’s do it.
Get the ball moving. Have those hard conversations with your family and church. Pray a lot. Read a lot. Get some training and then go.
“Behold I [Jesus] am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
*paraphrase of Jim Elliott’s famous quote.
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