“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
It’s not all that often that we Lutherans hear about choices being made in a positive sense. We usually hear about choices in connection with humanity’s inability to make good choices without God. We hear of how we cannot choose to be saved. We know this. We know that if it wasn’t for Jesus we wouldn’t be going to Heaven to live with Him forever.
However, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t able to make important choices. In fact it is because Jesus died on the cross for us that we are free to make good choices. We are no longer slaves to sin. We no longer have to make the wrong choice. We can now make good important decisions.
That being said, aside from who you are going to marry, there might not be a greater choice than that of which vocation one is going to go into. Now here’s the problem with that, we aren’t used to making those types of choices. As Lutherans we want God to tell us exactly what path He wants us to walk down. That’s how we are. We want to both know and do what God wants us to know and do.
But God doesn’t want little robots who can’t think for themselves. He doesn’t want mindless servants. He wants sons and daughters who were made in the image of Him. This means that every once in a while, you’re going to have make some choices. Some big choices. Life defining choices. This can be terrifying and exhilarating. God wants you to make these choices. He doesn’t give you a roadmap laying out for you every detail of your life, no matter how much you want Him to. He gives you the chance to take some ownership of your life.
Some of you may be thinking, ‘Well that’s all well and good, but that still doesn’t help me to figure out what my major should be.’ This is true, so let’s take a look at our bible verse. “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
If you want to know what to do with your life, there’s the answer. Live your life, in word and deed, in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to the Father. As Lutherans we have a wonderful doctrine in vocation. The doctrine of vocation basically is that no matter what your job may be, you can serve God by doing it well, and by glorifying God while you do it.
The Bible doesn’t tell you what your major should be. It doesn’t tell you which internship you should try and get. The Bible tells you that Jesus died on the cross so that you can be forgiven of your sins. Because you know that, you can now go into any career and be serving God. God has blessed you by giving you the ability and the chance to choose what you do with your life. Trust that God will be with you in making that choice. And if you do manage to make the ‘wrong’ decision, don’t worry about it too much. You probably made a better decision than Paul did at first (the whole murdering Christians thing) and look at how he turned out.