“We have some new neighbors,” Stan began. “We had them over for dinner last night to get acquainted.”
“Nice people?” I asked.
“Very,” Stan replied. “I think they’re going to be great friends and neighbors.”
Continuing, he added, “The wife is a career counselor over at the college.”
“So,” I replied, “she works with students to help them figure out what kind of career they want to pursue, what classes to take, and that sort of thing?”
“That’s it,” Stan said. “At one point in the conversation she asked me about how I figured out what I wanted to be.”
“You have an answer for her?” I asked.
“I did,” Stan replied. “I told her that growing up on the farm I knew I didn’t want to be a farmer. My dad loved it. My older brother loved being a farmer, but it wasn’t for me. I needed to find something else. I had several starts, stops, and changed directions before I hit upon something I wanted to be.”
Continuing, he added, “All of that was in my pre-Christian days, so I didn’t know about Jesus’ career counseling that was available.”
“Jesus’s career counseling?” I asked. “What’s that?”
“Well,” Stan replied, “it’s not exactly called that, but Matthew’s gospel mentions something that I think certainly points in that direction.”
“It’s where Jesus was calling the first disciples,” Stan replied. “He was walking by the Sea of Galilee and saw two brothers, Peter and Andrew. They were fishermen.”
“Yeah,” I said, “I remember that story. Jesus told them to follow Him and they dropped everything and did so.”
“That’s right,” Stan replied, “but there’s something else in that story that I think is important about knowing what to do.”
“What’s that?” I asked.
“In addition to Jesus telling them to follow Him,” Stan replied, “He also said that He would make them fishers of men.”
“So?” I replied.
“Jesus did not say to Peter and Andrew to follow Him and ‘be’ fishers of men,” Stan said. “No, Jesus said He would ‘make them’ fishers of men. In other words, Jesus would mold, shape, and transform them into fishers of men. It wasn’t something they would do on their own.”
“And,” he continued, “it was the same for me once I became a Christian. There came a point where I had to give up all that I wanted to pursue apart from God. I had to choose to follow and allow Him to make me into whatever He wanted. He would fill in the blank.”
“Fill in the blank?” I said. “What’s that mean?”
“With Peter and Andrew,” Stan replied, “Jesus said He would make them ‘fishers of men.” With me, you, and everyone who calls on His name, He will make us into whatever He wants. It’s like He says, “Follow Me and I will will make you a blank, and then He fills in the blank!”
Concluding, he added, “The important part is to follow Him and let Him do what He wants. He is the Counselor. For careers and for everything else!”
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6.
But the Helper (or counselor), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all I have said to you. John 14:26.
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not you own? For you have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you want to lead me to where you want me to be in my relationship with you. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit, the Helper and Counselor, for me to follow to where you want me to be. I confess that too often I choose to go my own way and do not take you and your will into account in the decisions I make about “my” life. Please forgive that foolishness and please help me in following your lead as you provide your wise, loving, and magnificent counsel. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Do you rely on God’s leading for decisions in your life? Why or why not? Do you see a difference between “big” and “small” decisions in deciding what to bring to God? If so, do you think that distinction is valid? Does God? What would it look like for you to follow God in whatever He wants to do in and through you? Is that something you would like? Why or why not? If you would like that for your life, do you know how it can happen?