Being a student is a time of preparation. While in high school we prepare for college or a job if we plan to go directly into the workforce. While in college we choose a major and spend four years, or five if you take the popular “victory lap,” preparing to do the job we hope to do the rest of our lives. We sit through long lectures, we do hours of homework, and participate in summer internships so that we can prepare ourselves for what lies ahead. The first 22 years of our lives are all about preparing for the 70 years that follow.
While working with high schoolers and middle schoolers in youth ministry and also being around my college age friends, as well as looking at my own life, I’ve noticed something. We are so programmed to prepare for our future that this often transfers over to our walk with Christ. We start to believe that life doesn’t really start until we’re done with school so truly following Jesus doesn’t start until then either.
I believe that preparation is a great thing. It’s important that we prepare in college for our future job. It makes me feel very good that it takes so much schooling and preparation to become a medical doctor. I wouldn’t want someone operating on me who isn’t prepared. And as Christians we need to prepare ourselves by learning about Christ in the Word, reading books by Christian authors, and growing closer to Christ every single day. But we also have a mission…
In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus gives us a command that we call the Great Commission. He says, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
This is not only a command for the disciples. This is not only a command for pastors and missionaries. This is not only a command for those with college degrees. If you claim to be a follower of Christ then this commission is for YOU! The time to go all out living for Jesus is now. Don’t get so caught up in preparing for the future that you forget that you should be following Him right now. Be in the Word, spend time with the Lord in prayer, love and serve others, and make disciples whether you’re 8, 18, 28, or 88. The time is now!