It seems that we often times are afraid to make certain decisions because we are afraid of making the wrong decision. We think, if I go and do this, then this or that might happen. And those who know what I’m talking about, know that the “if then’s” are never-ending. It’s like a tank full of what if’s just broke open and they are crashing down on you at an incredible speed.
But I want to take a little stress off of your shoulders. Paul may have dealt with this when he said in Colossians 3:17 “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“. In whatever? Yeah, I know, that’s not very specific, is it? And I think that’s the key.
We don’t have to have it all figured out.
I believe that God leads us through the Holy Spirit in the direction He wants us to go. I believe God has gifted and placed certain passions in all of us geared towards certain areas that others main not be inclined to pursue. Yes, we need to seek counsel. Yes, we need to pray about it. Yes, we need to measure the risk. And no, we shouldn’t jump up and run after every nudge we feel.
I think there are also two thoughts that need to be addressed before moving on:
- Faith only comes when we walk into the unknown. Walking in familiar territory is not faith. In our humanity, we tend to want specifics because if we don’t have specifics, then we are not in control. Paul says it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
We have to make decisions all the time and many of them will have to be with very little information, which will need us to make those decisions in faith. And the good thing is that Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6).
- The spiritual and the earthly are not as separate as we may think. Our tendency is to think there are spiritual areas and non-spiritual areas. And I think this comes from the mindset that we have accepted that the church is where we go not who we are. The reality is that everything is spiritual. This is how Paul says it in Colossians 1:16-18
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
The relief comes in the fact that if our goal is to glorify God, then we can do “whatever” we do as unto God. We can rest in the fact that if we are seeking after God with all our heart, we will be able to do whatever we do for His glory. So if you feel God tugging at your heart to be a doctor, then go be a doctor who leverages your position and abilities for God’s glory. And the same goes for teachers, preachers, truck drivers, business executives, plumbers, construction workers, factory workers, auto technicians, stay-at-home moms, musicians, or whatever you do.
So this means that everything we do will involve a faith element. And this also means that in whatever you do, you have to remember that God has placed you there for His purposes, not your own. And as we do, we can echo Paul’s words from Colossians 3:17, “ 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.”