God has called me to ...

Elizabeth asked:

God has called me to missions work he has made it very clear. He has yet, however, to reveal where or how He wants to use me in His mission of world redemption but I am now attending a christian college where I have yet to declare a major. Sometimes I feel like I am wasting my money here at college, Do you think I should go to a missions or bible school and try to figure out what God wants me to do? I just know that God has a big plan for me in missions work and I'm getting anxious and restless at college (plus not having a major and not wanting to waste my money)? Is there a particular major that is useful in missions work... besides bible? or Do you know of any schools that could help me turn my vision of changing the world into a course of action? I am really praying about it and seeking God but I was just wondering if maybe you had any insight into my situation. Thanks so much! God Bless!Elizabeth

Jack Answered:

Thanks, Elizabeth, for your good letter.

I am glad that the Lord has made it clear to you that He desires for you to serve Him as a missionary. And just as He has made His will plain in your call, so you can trust Him to guide you in other matters as well.

There are many things one could study in college which would be a helpful preparation for a career in missions. Two aspects seem most significant: 1) What are your personal interests and gifts? What subjects do you naturally gravitate toward? 2) What do you see yourself doing on the mission field? What kind of ministry has been most fulfilling up to now?

Basically, as well as preparation for one's future, a college education prepares YOU as an individual to understand yourself and the world in which we live. Being a Christian college, you should also be receiving a basic foundation in Bible and Theology.

If you are interested in primitive peoples, Anthropology would be helpful. It would also prepare you to cross into a different culture. If you like History, it will give you a broad understanding of the world and how nations have developed. Philosophy will prepare you for different world views and to understand how people have searched for truth. Your advisor should also help you as you discuss your interests with him or her, since they know what resources the college has.

If you study diligently, you will not waste your money on a college education. You are not just learning a trade, you are preparing yourself to be an aware, knowledgeable, and articulate individual.

A very important aspect of college experience is your practical work. Minister to people in the inner city, if you can. Go on a team to minister in churches. Teach a Sunday School class. Learn the kind of service that is of greatest interest and fulfillment to you. All of these activities will prepare you to know where best you can serve, whether in the U.S. or abroad.

Either after college or your first experience as a missionary, you may want to specialize in some subject to help you be more effective, once you know what your specific calling is. But there will be time for this.

There is much more to be said, Elizabeth, but this is an introduction. Write me back if you want to.

Blessings on you.

Jack

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you" (Ps 32:8).

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