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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Planning for Future Success

Perhaps Jesus will reurn before I've finished at Bible college. Perhaps I'd be more effective ministering now without a formal education.

It's a risk we take with any long-term plans. It's not just the Second Coming that should concern you. Your lifespan is limited, and only the Almighty knows for certain when He will call you home.

There is one clear standard - do you have Christ's peace concerning any major decision like this? Other factors would include other scriptural principles that might come into play when considering your vocation.

In any case. It's a cop out - similar to the lazy man in Proverbs who refuses to leave his home, just in case there's a lion outside. To avoid hard work and self discipline that would make you a more effective worker for Christ is not an attitude of faith.

Faith knows that if God has called you to serve, He will also call you to study and prepare. Faith knows that the most important thing for you to do is to be in the centre of His will for you. You do not know what ministry He has prepared for you participate in while you are studying at Bible college. But you can be sure that it will be the most effective use of your time and your effort. God is not wasteful - and even if you die or Jesus returns while you're still studying for a life of service, you can be certain that you will have fulfilled all He has set you apart to achieve.

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