Over the course of the past few weeks I have heard and seen many conversation and comments from young people about their future… “I just don’t know what I’m going to do after graduation”… “I really hope I get into that college”… “I have no clue what I want to major in”… And many more comments about such issues as college, career, major, fields of study, marriage, where to live, etc.
Hearing so many young people, about those things really got me thinking. It got me reflecting on where I was at around 5 years ago.
The truth is, making decisions about your future are very stressful, and in the midst of making them, it can seem as if the weight of the world is on your back. It feels as if you don’t do exactly the right thing, then your life will be ruined. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed.
But you know, Jesus can change that.
I think about myself whenever I was in High School- so overwhelmed with the decisions about my future. Worried that I would make a mistake, go down the wrong path, or choose a route that would result in “eternal sorrow”.
Then something changed my life… Christ. When I was 18, He shook my world, and brought me to the realization of my deepest hurt, the requirement of my repentance, and my need for a Savior. There was one thing, in particular, that changed my life. It was when I finally realized the true answer to this question:
WHO is this life all about? Who am I living my life for?
Up until that point, the answer was me. I wanted what was best for me. My happiness, my success, my pleasure, my dreams to be achieved, my needs to be met.
So, decisions about my future were stressful, because it was about me- and what I could do to make my life “go well”. The pressure was enormous.
As I began to grow in my relationship with Christ, though, these pressures seemed to fade into a trust for Jesus and His plans. But more than that- that this life was not about me!
Romans 12: 1-2
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Well, when I look at that passage, how can I possibly think that this life is about me, and my wants, and my dreams? If Christ has given His life for me, He deserves His way in my life, actually it is what He requires of His children.
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
You see, when we follow Jesus, our desires are crucified with Jesus and our life becomes about Him! It’s not about my wants, my dreams, or my goals…. Unless they are rooted at the Cross.
24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
I, nor any other person, can correctly read Scripture and get the impression that this life is about me. It’s not about my dreams, my plans, my wants, my pleasure, or my success. It’s about God, about exalting Christ and His Gospel, about realizing His purpose for my life (even if it is uncomfortable at times), and about glorifying Him in all that I do…
Yet, so many teachers and pastors are teaching a theology of their own. That this life is about using God to realize my dreams, my goals, my wants, and my desires. They think that Jesus was about happiness, peace, and “love”… That Jesus would want us all to be happy and realize OUR dreams.
After all, that’s what Jesus was all about, right? Nope, He was about His father, and His will. He was about stopping the self-righteousness and selfishness of many in His day, to usher in humility and surrender towards God.
So, what do you say? How do you answer this question:
What is this life about? Who are you living it for?
If Jesus is your answer, then your future is in His hands. Jesus will direct your steps, He will direct your paths. In that, He can minimize the stress you feel in regards to your future. He can bring assurance in times of doubt.
My encouragement to you today is to examine who you are living for. Essentially, there are two choices that are made. Are you going to live for Jesus, or yourself? I pray that you will choose Christ….