Career Choice

Posted on May 19 , 2014 in Life Lessons

Career Choice

© By Brad L Hodges

Romans 12:6-8
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Before we were ever born, before the universe was created by God, he knew what gifts and talents would be bestowed upon each one of us. God knows everything about every individual that has, is or ever will walk the planet earth.

Psalm 139:13
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

The talents given to each human are provided for a reason because God knows the sum total of all we are; heart, soul, body and mind and how those talents will work in perfect conjunction with all of our components.

The only things that separates us from realizing our full potential using those unique talents is free will and choice.

Since God does everything in accordance with his Master Plan; for our own good and his glory, if humans would only seek the guidance of the Master Career Counselor when we begin to explore our possible careers we could save a lot of grief, stress and sometime heartbreak.

Work and working is part of the human condition and experience. The Bible, as with everything in life, has some things to say about work;

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12: For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

1 Timothy 5:8: But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Ephesians 4:28: Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

So as you can see work is honorable in the eyes of The Lord and he provides us the talents to do our unique work at the highest levels.

So where do we often go wrong in our career choices?

Well first of all, as already mentioned, we often don’t seek God’s counsel through prayer and using the intelligence he gives us to research and find the best job for us. These are one and the same essentially since our intelligence comes from God, and both work in unison.

Then there are the broken human elements like greed, pride, jealousy and self-centeredness that can get in the way. These are not from God and work against us.

Instead of seeking a job that God would want us to have based on the aforementioned master plan, we seek a job that pays us the most money rather than what pays us the most satisfaction. We may choose a job because we envy the position and power another has that we want. We may target a job that makes us look best and selfishly strokes our own egos rather than a job that uses our talents to serve others.

Once we are in a job that we acquired using self instead of God to get, it does not take long for dissatisfaction to set in, for frustration to abound or for setbacks to get in our way. We know deep down we made a mistake because it just feels wrong on every level.

There is a lot to be said for the wise statement made by Confucius;

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

If you are doing a job using your God-given talents it serves The Lord in some way, and it certainly does not need to be church or mission related work to do so. If you are in a job that you obtained by praying for God’s career guidance to get it, it will truly feel like you are not working because you are doing something that has his blessing and with joy in your heart. Because all the Godly elements are in place you will love your job.

Ephesians 6:7 (NLT): Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

Sometimes, because of poor decisions and not seeking the will of God in our career choices we get stuck in a really bad occupation. We can’t easily get out because of family or financial issues we have become yoked to due to the job.

In those cases all we can do is turn back to God for help to get back on the right track. But even in a bad job you should do it as if you are working for The Lord and not people. It is the honorable thing to do even if we find ourselves working for someone less honorable or of poor moral character.

Satan will use a bad job to work the opposite of what serving The Lord in a God sanctioned career will do. In the right job you work with joy, satisfaction and happiness in your heart. You are a good witness for Him in that situation. In a bad job Satan can tempt you to be lazy and unmotivated as many of your co-workers may be. Fight that temptation for then you are setting a poor example of what a Christian workers attitude and character are and you become a very poor witness for God.

God will see your hard work and steadfastness despite the wrong job and even if you don’t receive accolades from your employer, you will be rewarded by The Lord because he will be pleased with the fact you are honoring him even in the wrong career and will help you find a way out to the right one.

The believers path to a job you love, however, is to first seek the will of God either in the initial stages of finding a career or if you are attempting to make a change. That is the best possible career choice.

By grace you have been given your own special talents tailored and maximized to your unique personality and spirit. If you sincerely feel called to use them in direct service of The Lord in a church or missionary career by all means follow that path without question. The Lord uses pastors, child and youth leaders, music directors, local and global missionaries and small or large group bible teachers to do his work here on earth to win souls and will grant you the special talents necessary to accommodate those career paths if that is his will for your life. Even stay at home mother’s or father’s are using their talents and serving The Lord in that God honored job, if that is what he calls them to be.

On the other hand there are many secular careers that still allow you to both love your job and serve others while being a witness for God. Social workers, teachers and doctors are just some small examples of jobs that directly serve others. But corporate executives or computer specialist careers, writers, musicians, artists or any hundreds of other secular careers can use your God-given talents and put you in the midst of those who may not know Christ to whom you may be witness for him by doing the job with honor, honesty, character and joy because it is a job you sought according to God’s will for your life.

In whatever you do for a job, if you are fully using the talents God has given you and if you earnestly sought his guidance in obtaining it through those talents, you are serving The Lord and making the absolute best career choice.

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