A Young Adult Devotional by Megan Smith

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” –Colossians 3:23-24

“What will we be eating for dinner tonight?”
“What are my plans this weekend?”
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

We are, undeniably, a future-minded people. Perhaps this is natural to humanity—we have been designed to be creatures in waiting. We are waiting for God’s Kingdom to be renewed and revealed in its fullness. We are waiting for the return of Christ. We constantly question parts of the future that nobody but God knows the answer to, and still expect to find quick, correct answers.

As young people in particular, we find ourselves spending a lot of time in waiting. We wait for God’s purpose for our lives to be revealed to us, as if there is one exact purpose fixed like a label to each of our lives. We wait, as if by the time we graduate high school or graduate college and enter the “real world,” an answer will have become as clear to us as a flashing neon sign. We wait, as if we cannot simultaneously wait and work. We often act as if while we are in waiting, we have no calling in the Kingdom of God—not so!

When we are “raised to new life with Christ” we are called to a life that is obedient to God—not a few years between our culture’s “working ages” of 25 and 65 (Col. 3:1). Our purpose on Earth is not showcased in a one-time event, is not limited by age or situation, and is not fixed for eternity. We are called to obedience at all times, and this calling expresses itself differently amongst different people and parts of life.

As a college student, I have spent an inordinate amount of time attempting to decipher God’s purpose for my life five years down the road, ten years, twenty, etc. We often feel pressured to do that kind of thing and it seems necessary for choosing classes or choosing a major. It is intimidating to be asked the same question on a daily basis and time after time, have no answer. When we cannot figure an answer out, it is scary. But in the waiting, I am called to a student.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” –Colossians 3:23-24

Although my purpose could change at any moment, I am called at this exact moment in time to be a student to the best of my ability, “as working for the Lord, not for men.” This does not mean that we should not be waiting expectantly for God’s direction or guidance about the next steps in our lives. Do listen with obedience and do wait with patient expectancy. But, in the meantime, be fully present where you are, and work to your full potential as if everything you do is for the glory of God. Be obedient, be patient—and wait.

by Megan Smith