What are you going to do with your life?

When your father leaves you a legacy of 50 lakh rupees, your mind calculates fast. “Shall I put it in the bank as F.D and use the interest? Or may be cumulative is better? Will gold coins be more profitable? Land price is hiking every year. Which will fetch me maximum benefit?” You don’t trifle with that money. But God has endowed us with something far more valuable — our life! How do we plan to invest our life? We are not going to live to be 100. Almost half our life is over. That means we have another 30-35 years. What are we going to do with that? Even birds and animals live and die. Are we going to be like one of them or are we going to make our life meaningful?

Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10).

What is our earthly life? It is smoke which quickly disappears, a flower that fades away, grass which withers and is thrown in fire or dust that returns to dust. Jesus teaches us to turn this small insignificant life to an abundant one. But the devil will fight tooth and nail against His plan.

The thief comes quietly to steal away your peace of mind, your virginity, your joy and your holiness. He comes to kill you by rotting your testimony and inciting you to suicide. He comes to destroy your life completely. He comes to sidetrack you from the path of abundant life to the death way and have a belly laugh when you burn.

How does this happen?

God says, “See, I am setting before you the Way of Life and the Way of Death” (Jer 21:8). The choice is yours. You can either choose the thief and death or Jesus and Life. Satan or Jesus will not push you. You must think and make your own decision. The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all. Everything is a choice in life.

What is this full life? How do we enjoy it? It is walking in the path that Jesus shows. David prayed: “Show me the path of life” (Ps 16:11). Jesus said: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever

loses his life will find it” (Mt 10:39).

Let’s first see how we try to find life with our bird brain and lose it.

We run for medical help for every cough and cold to ensure longevity. But at a certain point the doctor washes off his hands and says: “Go home. I can’t do anything more.” Then we come to grips with reality and the inevitability of death. Yes, our Body goddess has feet of clay! Remember the brevity of life always.

Some crave academic excellence by winning degrees and gold medals. But our brain withers as we grow old and worms feast on our brains when we die.

Many are bitten by the money bug and luxuriate in their wealth. Jesus said: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Lk 12:15). Earth quakes and tsunamis take them away. “Don’t confuse having a career with a life. They are not the same” said Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Economic doldrums is the next tsunami rolling over us. What then will happen to our grandiose plans? “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” asked Jesus (Lk 9:24,25). What is really worthwhile? Let go off everything you cannot take with you to eternal life.

Some seek fame. But the more famous they become the more disillusioned and insecure they feel because their faults come under high magnification. Some blow away their life in drugs, sex and entertainment and run after the latest fad.

Now let’s see the flip side. How can we lose our life or hate our life to gain it? Does that mean we should not study, earn, become famous or enjoy life? It only means walking the God-ordained path, giving up what He wants us to give up and doing what He wants us to do. It means walking in His footsteps, however rugged the road may be. That’s why it is very important to pray everyday, “Lord, what will You have me to do?” Jesus did not say, “Follow Me and l will make you great.” No. It was the least tantalizing call “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” in this dog-eat-dog world, but hooked to unseen great rewards.

Jesus spoke of a pearl merchant hunting for precious pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it (Mt 13:45). Compared to the pearl of God’s kingdom all our possessions — name, fame, game — are nothing more than shame. If you want the kingdom of heaven, you must be ready to sacrifice (give up) all to gain it. Are you prepared? That is what it means to lose. Sacrifice is not a buzz word anymore. But they are the cobble stones of God’s pathway.

A monkey with its hands inside the peanut bottle cannot grab anything of real value unless it lets go off the peanuts. Many try to grab the pearl with their hands on the peanuts. It is not possible. The pearl became the merchant’s but he had to pay a great price for it.

We will see some examples of the full and abundant life.

Take the case of Esther. She spurned half the sprawling Persian kingdom that was offered her, for the life of her people. Feelings fluctuated between hope and fear. She gambled on her life to gain her wish. In other words she was willing to lose her life to gain it, and gain she did! God did not reveal to her what would happen when she went to the king. She went in white-knuckle anxiety. Making history is rarely a safe, slippers-by-the-fire job. Haman who chased life lost it and Esther who threw her life saved it. The devil kept all the kingdoms of the world in a platter and offered it at the feet of Jesus. Jesus turned His back on them so that He could have us, dirty humans, all to Himself! Esther enjoyed a new lease of life — the abundant life! She had to pass through the valley of the shadow of death before she emerged into the banquet hall prepared in the presence of her enemies. Was her earlier life better or latter?

Abram, the paragon of faith was reveling in the comforts of a city life when God asked him to leave with bag and baggage to a pilgrim life. He did not think long and hard before he started. He did not live to see himself becoming a great nation or peoples on earth being blessed through him. But he lived a blessed life and inherited a heavenly city. This dweller in tents was safe. But his nephew Lot who thought he chose abundant life and lived in a house with doors and locks was looted and taken captive! Which life was better for Abram, Ur or Canaan? He became a worldwide phenomenon.

Moses would come to live with God lock, stock and barrel or else he would rather go to hell (Ex 32:32). He dug in his heels till God gave in. He is analogous to Jesus who sacrificed heaven and interceded for the worst kind of sinners not to be destroyed but inherit heaven with Him. Judas thought 30 silver pieces would give him abundant life but he ended up in the graveyard with his bowels out. What is your 30 pieces of silver? Moses was not a stunning figure before the world when he left the palace; but he sure was when he ended his journey.

Mary chose that which would not be taken away from her (Lk 10:42). Jesus told Martha that she was worried and upset about many things, but only one thing was needed. That one thing is the pearl of great value. Do we see ourselves there, worrying over an umpteen number of things? Our problem is “many” things. We put our fingers in many pies. Martha’s concentration was scattered in many directions; Mary’s was focussed on one. Who would you like to be?

Ruth chose to come under the wings of the God of Israel. Once you come under wings your freedom is restricted. You have to trust in the wisdom of the mother bird. Today’s youngsters think freedom means doing their own thing. Orpah walked back free, totally free to choose her gods, choose her boy friends and choose her life. She chose the Broad Way. But Ruth chose the Narrow Way to lose the attractive free life of Moab. She placed herself under the scrutinizing eyes of her mother-in-law and dutifully reported where she went and what happened. It is she who enjoyed abundant life by marrying God’s choice to become the great grand mother of David and the foremother of Jesus. Her cup was full and overflowing. Orpah lost it all. Prospects with the old woman did not seem a life to her; but she lost the bright prospects of going with the great God of Naomi.

Jesus brought before the eyes of His congregation the Narrow Way and the Broad Way (Mt 7:13,14). The first leads to life and the giver of abundant life. Only a few find it. The second leads to destruction. The thief comes to destroy. He sits in this road inviting clients. Will you be one among the few who choose the Narrow Way?

So what do you do?

  1. Have a goal
  2. Dream a dream
  3. Chalk out a plan I want to give you a wakeup call.

You can’t wait till you are 60 to do what you want in life. You have to go for it now. Your mind must be clear about what you want to accomplish during your lifetime. You will be a lot better off if as a young person you can decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. If not you will flounder and lie on a rubbish heap tomorrow. So set a goal. To set a goal you need to identify your dream. Someone said: “I tried to walk without a dream and I fell down.” It is a dream that pushes you forward. “If you want your dream to come true don’t sleep” says an Yiddish proverb. You have to make sacrifices and keep working at your dream. You become what you dream.You must keep your dream on the flame. Don’t let it cool and die down. Give shape to your dream. The fulfillment of your dream lies within you and you alone. Focus on your holy dreams and desires and pick out the most feasible. To bring that dream to reality chalk out a plan.

How are you going to do it?

Are you struggling to turn the key in the lock to find the right way ahead? Let me guide you.

Someone said that to have two goals in life is too many. Collision of dual commitments could be disastrous. Let me suggest to you the one goal worth pursuing which will never be taken away from you and which will give you abundant life: Serve God! For that you need to equip yourself and draw a plan. If you don’t plan soon you’ll be walking about the charred embers of your hopes and dreams. Now hold my hand. I will walk you up the four steps that will help you find your niche.

The first step in equipping yourself is to achieve excellence in studies. Do not neglect your studies. At your age nothing is more important than educating yourself. If you fall in love at this tender age you will be distracted. So throw your full concentration in your studies. Say ‘NO’ to boy friends. I wanted to study for God. So, eventhough I was sorely tempted, I kept saying No, no, no, so that I could chase my one dream. It worked out beyond my dreams. Do not worry if you cannot do Engineering or Medicine. Do your best. Do what you can to your best. Education will help you serve God better. Prayerfully decide when to put a full stop to your studies.

You don’t have to wait to graduate to serve God. Start praying with one or two girls during lunch break for a short while. Talk to non-Christian students about Christ and lead them to salvation. Don’t worry about experience. You are just starting to learn. Everything can look like a failure in the middle. So keep going without expecting results. Have some good tracts in your bag. If you become friendly with someone give a tract. Join an outreach team or form one with the help of a senior lady to visit a local hospital or slum or village.

The second step is a good marriage. It is very difficult to serve God with an improper marriage. For that you need to train yourself now to be a good wife. Today if you learn to obey your parents without talking back, tomorrow you will be able to obey your husband with a quiet and gentle spirit. Help your mother in the kitchen. Learn to cook. On Sundays you can cook and give your mother some rest. On the way from school or college buy vegetables and other items for home. Sweep, wash vessels and water the garden. That will keep you physically fit. Mary, the mother of Jesus was not a preacher or miracle worker but she brought up Jesus as God wanted her. What an awesome ministry! That’s the power of one. You can be that one person to change the direction of history.

Never think having babies and nurturing them is a lesser ministry. It is the holiest of callings. Women are becoming men these days. Resist the temptation to become a man in dress, manners etc. Be a woman. That’s your calling. There should be clear delineation between maleness and femaleness, exemplified by clothing, customs and function. Some of you are sorry about your shy nature. But I tell you, shyness is an exotic feminine quality. It adds to your beauty. As a housewife you can do lots and lots for God’s kingdom. You can start a Sunday Class for the neighbourhood kids or visit houses as a bearer of the Goodnews. Then you’ll enjoy life than endure it. When you pray God will show you the way.

If you want to take up a job first pray to find God’s will about it. It is not a must that all girls should hold a job. Being a house wife is an honourable job.

Thirdly if you are employed, make sure you are diligent in your responsibilities.You must be perfect to the comma and semicolon. Be punctual. Half-hearted lazy work doesn’t bring glory to God’s name. You can serve God through your career. You can be a witness as a teacher, doctor, engineer, nurse, police, sweeper or whatever.

Fourthly and finally, you should not forget the option of serving God fulltime after your studies.

Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” It was not a very attractive offer. At one point Peter even started calculating the advantages of following Jesus. He and his companions left their promising businesses, parents and Government job to follow Him. What would be their reward? Jesus answered Him, “Everyone who has left homes or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Mt 19:29). Abundant life is giving up your life to do God’s will and getting all. Peter left all and got 100 times as much. Believe me, I left all to follow the will of God for my life. I have gained all. No regrets. It changed my life hundred percent. I had a clinic which fetched us a good income. When God told us to close down the clinic, we did. It was one of the most pivotal actions of my life. I am enjoying abundant life now. “It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go” said J.C. Watts.

I don’t think I did anything great. I was sowing seeds whenever I could, wherever I could, in whatever way I could. I taught a Sunday Class at age 16. By then I had discovered what I wanted to do with my life; I distributed tracts to patients at 19, kept testifying, giving books, preaching, traveling, writing. Now at 65, I continue to sow seeds whenever I can, wherever I can, in whatever way I can. It all started as a mustard seed. I may not see the fruits but I will keep on doing as long as

there is breath in my body. I lost my life for Jesus and found it — full and abundant!

Do what you can. Plant a mustard seed. It will proliferate. You don’t plant, you don’t reap. Start with one tract a day. Talk to one person a week. From this miniscule start will grow a banyan tree. “Since you are honoured and precious in My sight and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for your life” says God (Isa 43:4). See, you give your life and get people like Jesus did. That’s abundant life! Jesus is happier now than He was in the beginning.

“Seek first the kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33). Let everything else become second. “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs “(2 Tim 2:4). Studies, family, job are all important. But don’t get entangled in them. Stop where you should stop. I could have studied more but I didn’t want it. My professor promised to get me a seat in UK for PG. I turned my back on the offer. I could be cooking a lot, stitching, polishing the furniture but I didn’t want it. Only one thing is needed and that will not be taken away from you. All the other things will be taken away from you. So choose that one thing. In the process of losing your life you will find it.

I am happy I made the right choice to lose my life for Christ. What is your choice, rambunctious teenagers? Are you going to find your life or lose your life for Christ? Don’t expect a call from God to serve Him. The command is already given —

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt 28:18-20).

All nation — Start with your nation, your State, your town, your street. Make disciples of two little kids in your street or two students in your class. Then proceed. Be shod with the preparation of the gospel — ready to share anytime to anyone.

I am calling you to serve God as a student, professional or in whatever walk of life you may be.

It is your choice to respond now. Will you say —

“Lord, here I am; send me?”

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What are you going to do with your life?

When your father leaves you a legacy of 50 lakh rupees, your mind calculates fast. “Shall I put it in the bank as F.D and use the interest? Or may be cumulative is better? Will gold coins be more profitable? Land price is hiking every year. Which will fetch me maximum benefit?” You don’t trifle with that money. But God has endowed us with something far more valuable — our life! How do we plan to invest our life? We are not going to live to be 100. Almost half our life is over. That means we have another 30-35 years. What are we going to do with that? Even birds and animals live and die. Are we going to be like one of them or are we going to make our life meaningful?

Jesus said: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (Jn 10:10).

What is our earthly life? It is smoke which quickly disappears, a flower that fades away, grass which withers and is thrown in fire or dust that returns to dust. Jesus teaches us to turn this small insignificant life to an abundant one. But the devil will fight tooth and nail against His plan.

The thief comes quietly to steal away your peace of mind, your virginity, your joy and your holiness. He comes to kill you by rotting your testimony and inciting you to suicide. He comes to destroy your life completely. He comes to sidetrack you from the path of abundant life to the death way and have a belly laugh when you burn.

How does this happen?

God says, “See, I am setting before you the Way of Life and the Way of Death” (Jer 21:8). The choice is yours. You can either choose the thief and death or Jesus and Life. Satan or Jesus will not push you. You must think and make your own decision. The power of choosing good and evil is within the reach of all. Everything is a choice in life.

What is this full life? How do we enjoy it? It is walking in the path that Jesus shows. David prayed: “Show me the path of life” (Ps 16:11). Jesus said: “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever

loses his life will find it” (Mt 10:39).

Let’s first see how we try to find life with our bird brain and lose it.

We run for medical help for every cough and cold to ensure longevity. But at a certain point the doctor washes off his hands and says: “Go home. I can’t do anything more.” Then we come to grips with reality and the inevitability of death. Yes, our Body goddess has feet of clay! Remember the brevity of life always.

Some crave academic excellence by winning degrees and gold medals. But our brain withers as we grow old and worms feast on our brains when we die.

Many are bitten by the money bug and luxuriate in their wealth. Jesus said: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Lk 12:15). Earth quakes and tsunamis take them away. “Don’t confuse having a career with a life. They are not the same” said Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Economic doldrums is the next tsunami rolling over us. What then will happen to our grandiose plans? “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” asked Jesus (Lk 9:24,25). What is really worthwhile? Let go off everything you cannot take with you to eternal life.

Some seek fame. But the more famous they become the more disillusioned and insecure they feel because their faults come under high magnification. Some blow away their life in drugs, sex and entertainment and run after the latest fad.

Now let’s see the flip side. How can we lose our life or hate our life to gain it? Does that mean we should not study, earn, become famous or enjoy life? It only means walking the God-ordained path, giving up what He wants us to give up and doing what He wants us to do. It means walking in His footsteps, however rugged the road may be. That’s why it is very important to pray everyday, “Lord, what will You have me to do?” Jesus did not say, “Follow Me and l will make you great.” No. It was the least tantalizing call “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” in this dog-eat-dog world, but hooked to unseen great rewards.

Jesus spoke of a pearl merchant hunting for precious pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it (Mt 13:45). Compared to the pearl of God’s kingdom all our possessions — name, fame, game — are nothing more than shame. If you want the kingdom of heaven, you must be ready to sacrifice (give up) all to gain it. Are you prepared? That is what it means to lose. Sacrifice is not a buzz word anymore. But they are the cobble stones of God’s pathway.

A monkey with its hands inside the peanut bottle cannot grab anything of real value unless it lets go off the peanuts. Many try to grab the pearl with their hands on the peanuts. It is not possible. The pearl became the merchant’s but he had to pay a great price for it.

We will see some examples of the full and abundant life.

Take the case of Esther. She spurned half the sprawling Persian kingdom that was offered her, for the life of her people. Feelings fluctuated between hope and fear. She gambled on her life to gain her wish. In other words she was willing to lose her life to gain it, and gain she did! God did not reveal to her what would happen when she went to the king. She went in white-knuckle anxiety. Making history is rarely a safe, slippers-by-the-fire job. Haman who chased life lost it and Esther who threw her life saved it. The devil kept all the kingdoms of the world in a platter and offered it at the feet of Jesus. Jesus turned His back on them so that He could have us, dirty humans, all to Himself! Esther enjoyed a new lease of life — the abundant life! She had to pass through the valley of the shadow of death before she emerged into the banquet hall prepared in the presence of her enemies. Was her earlier life better or latter?

Abram, the paragon of faith was reveling in the comforts of a city life when God asked him to leave with bag and baggage to a pilgrim life. He did not think long and hard before he started. He did not live to see himself becoming a great nation or peoples on earth being blessed through him. But he lived a blessed life and inherited a heavenly city. This dweller in tents was safe. But his nephew Lot who thought he chose abundant life and lived in a house with doors and locks was looted and taken captive! Which life was better for Abram, Ur or Canaan? He became a worldwide phenomenon.

Moses would come to live with God lock, stock and barrel or else he would rather go to hell (Ex 32:32). He dug in his heels till God gave in. He is analogous to Jesus who sacrificed heaven and interceded for the worst kind of sinners not to be destroyed but inherit heaven with Him. Judas thought 30 silver pieces would give him abundant life but he ended up in the graveyard with his bowels out. What is your 30 pieces of silver? Moses was not a stunning figure before the world when he left the palace; but he sure was when he ended his journey.

Mary chose that which would not be taken away from her (Lk 10:42). Jesus told Martha that she was worried and upset about many things, but only one thing was needed. That one thing is the pearl of great value. Do we see ourselves there, worrying over an umpteen number of things? Our problem is “many” things. We put our fingers in many pies. Martha’s concentration was scattered in many directions; Mary’s was focussed on one. Who would you like to be?

Ruth chose to come under the wings of the God of Israel. Once you come under wings your freedom is restricted. You have to trust in the wisdom of the mother bird. Today’s youngsters think freedom means doing their own thing. Orpah walked back free, totally free to choose her gods, choose her boy friends and choose her life. She chose the Broad Way. But Ruth chose the Narrow Way to lose the attractive free life of Moab. She placed herself under the scrutinizing eyes of her mother-in-law and dutifully reported where she went and what happened. It is she who enjoyed abundant life by marrying God’s choice to become the great grand mother of David and the foremother of Jesus. Her cup was full and overflowing. Orpah lost it all. Prospects with the old woman did not seem a life to her; but she lost the bright prospects of going with the great God of Naomi.

Jesus brought before the eyes of His congregation the Narrow Way and the Broad Way (Mt 7:13,14). The first leads to life and the giver of abundant life. Only a few find it. The second leads to destruction. The thief comes to destroy. He sits in this road inviting clients. Will you be one among the few who choose the Narrow Way?

So what do you do?

  1. Have a goal
  2. Dream a dream
  3. Chalk out a plan I want to give you a wakeup call.

You can’t wait till you are 60 to do what you want in life. You have to go for it now. Your mind must be clear about what you want to accomplish during your lifetime. You will be a lot better off if as a young person you can decide what you want to do with the rest of your life. If not you will flounder and lie on a rubbish heap tomorrow. So set a goal. To set a goal you need to identify your dream. Someone said: “I tried to walk without a dream and I fell down.” It is a dream that pushes you forward. “If you want your dream to come true don’t sleep” says an Yiddish proverb. You have to make sacrifices and keep working at your dream. You become what you dream.You must keep your dream on the flame. Don’t let it cool and die down. Give shape to your dream. The fulfillment of your dream lies within you and you alone. Focus on your holy dreams and desires and pick out the most feasible. To bring that dream to reality chalk out a plan.

How are you going to do it?

Are you struggling to turn the key in the lock to find the right way ahead? Let me guide you.

Someone said that to have two goals in life is too many. Collision of dual commitments could be disastrous. Let me suggest to you the one goal worth pursuing which will never be taken away from you and which will give you abundant life: Serve God! For that you need to equip yourself and draw a plan. If you don’t plan soon you’ll be walking about the charred embers of your hopes and dreams. Now hold my hand. I will walk you up the four steps that will help you find your niche.

The first step in equipping yourself is to achieve excellence in studies. Do not neglect your studies. At your age nothing is more important than educating yourself. If you fall in love at this tender age you will be distracted. So throw your full concentration in your studies. Say ‘NO’ to boy friends. I wanted to study for God. So, eventhough I was sorely tempted, I kept saying No, no, no, so that I could chase my one dream. It worked out beyond my dreams. Do not worry if you cannot do Engineering or Medicine. Do your best. Do what you can to your best. Education will help you serve God better. Prayerfully decide when to put a full stop to your studies.

You don’t have to wait to graduate to serve God. Start praying with one or two girls during lunch break for a short while. Talk to non-Christian students about Christ and lead them to salvation. Don’t worry about experience. You are just starting to learn. Everything can look like a failure in the middle. So keep going without expecting results. Have some good tracts in your bag. If you become friendly with someone give a tract. Join an outreach team or form one with the help of a senior lady to visit a local hospital or slum or village.

The second step is a good marriage. It is very difficult to serve God with an improper marriage. For that you need to train yourself now to be a good wife. Today if you learn to obey your parents without talking back, tomorrow you will be able to obey your husband with a quiet and gentle spirit. Help your mother in the kitchen. Learn to cook. On Sundays you can cook and give your mother some rest. On the way from school or college buy vegetables and other items for home. Sweep, wash vessels and water the garden. That will keep you physically fit. Mary, the mother of Jesus was not a preacher or miracle worker but she brought up Jesus as God wanted her. What an awesome ministry! That’s the power of one. You can be that one person to change the direction of history.

Never think having babies and nurturing them is a lesser ministry. It is the holiest of callings. Women are becoming men these days. Resist the temptation to become a man in dress, manners etc. Be a woman. That’s your calling. There should be clear delineation between maleness and femaleness, exemplified by clothing, customs and function. Some of you are sorry about your shy nature. But I tell you, shyness is an exotic feminine quality. It adds to your beauty. As a housewife you can do lots and lots for God’s kingdom. You can start a Sunday Class for the neighbourhood kids or visit houses as a bearer of the Goodnews. Then you’ll enjoy life than endure it. When you pray God will show you the way.

If you want to take up a job first pray to find God’s will about it. It is not a must that all girls should hold a job. Being a house wife is an honourable job.

Thirdly if you are employed, make sure you are diligent in your responsibilities.You must be perfect to the comma and semicolon. Be punctual. Half-hearted lazy work doesn’t bring glory to God’s name. You can serve God through your career. You can be a witness as a teacher, doctor, engineer, nurse, police, sweeper or whatever.

Fourthly and finally, you should not forget the option of serving God fulltime after your studies.

Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” It was not a very attractive offer. At one point Peter even started calculating the advantages of following Jesus. He and his companions left their promising businesses, parents and Government job to follow Him. What would be their reward? Jesus answered Him, “Everyone who has left homes or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Mt 19:29). Abundant life is giving up your life to do God’s will and getting all. Peter left all and got 100 times as much. Believe me, I left all to follow the will of God for my life. I have gained all. No regrets. It changed my life hundred percent. I had a clinic which fetched us a good income. When God told us to close down the clinic, we did. It was one of the most pivotal actions of my life. I am enjoying abundant life now. “It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go” said J.C. Watts.

I don’t think I did anything great. I was sowing seeds whenever I could, wherever I could, in whatever way I could. I taught a Sunday Class at age 16. By then I had discovered what I wanted to do with my life; I distributed tracts to patients at 19, kept testifying, giving books, preaching, traveling, writing. Now at 65, I continue to sow seeds whenever I can, wherever I can, in whatever way I can. It all started as a mustard seed. I may not see the fruits but I will keep on doing as long as

there is breath in my body. I lost my life for Jesus and found it — full and abundant!

Do what you can. Plant a mustard seed. It will proliferate. You don’t plant, you don’t reap. Start with one tract a day. Talk to one person a week. From this miniscule start will grow a banyan tree. “Since you are honoured and precious in My sight and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for your life” says God (Isa 43:4). See, you give your life and get people like Jesus did. That’s abundant life! Jesus is happier now than He was in the beginning.

“Seek first the kingdom of God” (Mt 6:33). Let everything else become second. “No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs “(2 Tim 2:4). Studies, family, job are all important. But don’t get entangled in them. Stop where you should stop. I could have studied more but I didn’t want it. My professor promised to get me a seat in UK for PG. I turned my back on the offer. I could be cooking a lot, stitching, polishing the furniture but I didn’t want it. Only one thing is needed and that will not be taken away from you. All the other things will be taken away from you. So choose that one thing. In the process of losing your life you will find it.

I am happy I made the right choice to lose my life for Christ. What is your choice, rambunctious teenagers? Are you going to find your life or lose your life for Christ? Don’t expect a call from God to serve Him. The command is already given —

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Mt 28:18-20).

All nation — Start with your nation, your State, your town, your street. Make disciples of two little kids in your street or two students in your class. Then proceed. Be shod with the preparation of the gospel — ready to share anytime to anyone.

I am calling you to serve God as a student, professional or in whatever walk of life you may be.

It is your choice to respond now. Will you say —

“Lord, here I am; send me?”

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