So I recently finished Radical by David Platt. Incredible. Challenging. Truth. Read it. So I have a lot of thoughts about the book but this is the main thing I was left thinking:
What the heck am I doing with my life?!
In the Great Commission from Matthew 28, Jesus tells us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything [He has] commanded [us]”. This is not an option or a calling just for some; this is a command and obligation of all who call Jesus Christ Lord and Savior. A command that we should take seriously.
I feel like while in college, everyone tells you that this is the time for you to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. You pick a major to help you learn about a future career, you maybe meet your spouse, you make friends of a lifetime, and you make decisions that will forever alter the course of your life. We are constantly wondering “What is God’s will for my life? or How do I find God’s will for my life?” Well here’s the answer: “the will of God is for you and me to give our lives urgently and reckelssly to making the gospel and the glory of God known among all peoples, particularly those who have never even heard of Jesus. The question therefore, is not ‘Can we find God’s will?’ The question is ‘Will we obey God’s will?'” (Platt).
For most Americans, life is about their job, the amount of money they make and what they can buy with it, how they can improve their lives and the lives of their families. As much as I support providing for your family and giving them a comfortable life, that is not what we were called to. We are called to live lives that rely soley on God’s provision. We are called to spread the gospel to the world and sometimes that means that we will be anything but comfortable.
“If more than a billion people today are headed to a Christian eternity and have not even heard the gospel, then we don’t have time to waste our lives on an American dream” (Platt).
Knowing this doesn’t change the fact that I dream of going to culinary school and having a family, but it does change how I live my life while doing those things. I have struggled a lot with how my desire to work in the food industry mixes with spreading the gospel to all nations. And I have yet to figure out exactly what that will look like, but the awesomeness of God’s plan and the importance of faith is that I don’t have to know because He does. I simply have to trust that His plan for my life includes His use of me in spreading His name to the ends of the earth and I must do that in whatever way He presents. I will leave you with this quote from Radical:
“Consider what happens when all of us begin to look at our professions and areas of expertise not merely as means to an income or to career paths in our own context but as platforms for proclaiming the gospel in contexts around the world. Consider what happens when the church is not only sending traditional missionaries around the world but also businessmen and businesswomen, teachers and students, doctors and politicians, engineers and technicians who are living out the gospel in contexts where a traditional missionary could never go. (Platt).