I am working on my RTS application today. One of the essay questions is "Why do you wish to pursue a course in theological study." This question was difficult for me because I have no direct answer. For me going to seminary is not like going to undergrad. I am not going to receive a degree that will help my career or take me to the next level. I want to go to seminary because I want to learn about God. I want to learn about his Word. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable saying that is the only reason, because there doesn't seem to be a direct end. People often ask me what I'm going to do with my degree. Well, I'm going to serve God. No, I don't need a degree for that. I just want to be fully equipped for whatever God has planned for my life.
Why do you want to pursue fill-in-the-blank? We are all pursuing something. And I think that this question, may be more difficult to answer then we think. It requires us to examine our hearts. To push away the superficial answers we give other people so we sound like we have a plan. I admit it! I don't have a plan. I have no idea where God is going to have me next year, forget about my ten year plan. My prayer is that I glorify God throughout the journey, that I rely on his strength, not my own. Pursue the Lord.