Last Tuesday, I had the privilege of leading a Bible study for The College Church on Chaffey College’s Rancho Cucamonga campus. I presented the first teaching in what will eventually be an extended series called “What We Do Matters.”
The series is meant to answer the question, “What do I do now?”
In the last three weeks, I’ve spoken to no less than 100 college students. When I asked them what their plans were, they typically answered something like, “I have no idea. I’m going to finish my gen. ed. classes and maybe transfer somewhere and get a degree. I’ll figure out the rest later.”
Yeah. That was my plan when I was a fresh undergrad too.
It didn’t work so well.
But it’s not much different after college. Even after you have a job, own a house, get married, and have kids – it’s more of the same. Busy, busy, busy. Every day the same story, plus or minus a couple unique experiences.
When we go deeper, past school and career aspirations, past today’s drama and tomorrow’s paper due and wondering where the next buck is going to come from – most of us don’t really know what we are called to do for the rest of our lives, much less for the rest of eternity.
But God does.
Here is a summary of the points we covered on Tuesday and the Scripture they were was based on. I encourage you to read through the verses (if you don’t have a Bible, you can easily google it) corresponding to the points you are curious about. I believe the Spirit will lead you (or choose not to) to the ones that will speak most to you wherever you happen to be in your life:
1. God has a plan for our lives.
From beginning to end, God has plans for the future of His people. – Jeremiah 29:10-14
We are predestined according to God’s purpose. – Ephesians 1:3-14
2. Every decision that we make must be built on Jesus.
We must build our house on the Rock. – Matthew 7:24-27
Jesus is the Rock. – Matthew 16:15-20
(also see 1 Corinthians 10:4, Ephesians 2:20, Psalm 118:22)
3. There are things we are called to do as believers:
The Great Commandment – Matthew 22:34-40
The Golden Rule – Matthew 7:12
Love One Another – John 15:12-17
The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20 (See also: Mark 16:14-20)
4. There are also things we are called not to do:
We are to seek the things from above. – Colossians 3:1-17
We are to be imitators of Christ. – Ephesians 5:1-21
James warns against worldliness. – James 4:1-17
The Ten Commandments – Exodus 20:1-17
5. We are to seek the Lord first, always.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God. – Matthew 6:25-34 (See also: Luke 12:22-34)
Delight in the Lord. – Psalm 37:4
Do not grow weary in well-doing. – Galatians 6:6-9
Walk in God’s ways and you will prosper at every turn. – 1 Kings 2:1-4
(Also see: Parable of the Sower – Matthew 13:1-23)
6. Closing Thoughts
God saves the best for last. – John 2:1-10
Rejoice in the Lord no matter what. – Habakkuk 3:19