What do You Want to be When you Grow Up?

“What are you gonna do when you grow up?”

This question is foisted upon kids for years, increasingly as they get closer to graduation. Inevitably, this question is answered with a career of some sort.

This is how we’ve come to understand the question and we’ve told our kids that the whole point of education is so they can get a job. Kids are just potential moneymakers.

“When you’re on your deathbed no one ever wishes they spent more time at the office” is the cute bumper sticker we all agree with and few live by.

Leading our kids to believe that jobs and careers define them is a travesty of the first nature. Find me one verse in the Bible that says what you do as a job is what defines you and shapes your life.

Next time you’re talking to kids and ask this question, push them past the career answer, really ask them who they want to be when the grow up. Use it as an opportunity to talk about being like Christ.

OK, corny sermonizing now done.

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2 comments

  1. Frank Z.

    It’s not “corny sermonizing”, Jeff, you’ve hit on another very serious problem.

    The Bible clearly states, “the meek will inherit the earth” (Jesus was just quoting the Old Testament on that one). Therefore, the one thing that we should be aiming to learn and learn well in life is to be “meek”. But most people (even professed Christians) would laugh at the thought and perhaps think of you as extreme, if you tried to apply that.

    I’ve talked about this even to other ministers and when I mentioned that Jesus learned from the Bible and from helping his parents in simple practical work, and therefore the closer we imitate that example, the wiser and more useful our children will be in heaven’s sight….they bring out various excuses such as “that was back then…today our children need much more education in order to be useful in the world.”

    Moses was the “meekest man in the earth” after he spent 40 years un-learning the highest education that the most advanced country of his day could give him. He was actually very close to being on the throne of Egypt. Most would have counted this as marvelous success, but God counted it as just the opposite, and had to put him in the wilderness tending sheep in order to really educate him. How different are God’s ways from man’s ways.

    Moses showed his meekness in his firm trust in God when tested by the constant murmuring of the people, and his unflagging faithfulness in the difficult work given to him. There is no Bible character, other than Christ, who so closely imitated his Master, and who paralleled the Saviour in so many ways.

    We know that shortly after his death, the body of Moses was resurrected, and therefore he is in heaven today. We also know from the visions in Revelation that the redeemed stand closer to Christ than even the angels. Therefore there is good reason to believe that Moses occupies one of the highest places of responsibility in the heavenly government, and is even today deeply engaged in furthering the work of God in this world.

    If only our eyes of faith would be opened, how contemptible would appear the honors and prizes this world offers.

  2. jeff

    You raise a point I preached on a few weeks back about the incident with Jesus being left in the temple by his parents. One of the most astounding verses about Jesus is Luke 2:51, “them” referring to his earthly parents.

    “he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them.” That astounds me. Brings up the humble mind of Christ Paul mentions in Philippians 2. Amazing.