Do you struggle to know God’s will for your career? If so, here are a few thoughts for you as you face this overwhelming decision.
How to Know God’s Will For Your Career: You Decide
First, a little history; We live in a unique time. Choices abound: Ministry or military service? Dive into a job directly out of high school or attend college? Major in film, business, engineering, or teaching?
It was not always so.
“During Bible times,” Gary Friesen writes in Decision Making and the Will of God, “Sons usually took up the occupations of their fathers . . . daughters became wives. Asking a young Israelite if he had discovered God’s will for his life’s work would probably elicit a blank stare.”
Yet often Christians believe they need to discover God’s specific will for exactly what kind of work they do.
It doesn’t work that way.
Scripture shows God is not concerned with what career you choose (unless, of course, it’s in direct disobedience to His revealed will in Scripture, such as prostitution). God cares about how you do your work.
How to Know God’s Will For Your Career: Represent Him Well
As Gary Friesen shares in his book, your work should be characterized by:
- Sincerity of heart (Eph. 6:5).
- Enthusiasm and diligence (Col. 3:23).
- Discipline (2 Thess. 3:11).
- Quietness (2 Thess. 3:12).
- Cooperation (Titus 2:9).
- Honesty (Titus 2:10).
- Integrity (Eph. 6:6).
- Efficiency (Eph. 5:16).
- Gratitude (Col. 3:17).
As you seek to represent God, it’s important to:
- Work diligently, even when no one is watching, knowing your ultimate superior is the Lord (Col. 3:23).
- Regard your employer as worthy of all honor (1 Tim. 6:1) and show respect even to unreasonable supervisors (1 Peter 2:18).
- Not take advantage of an employer who is also a believer, but serve him or her all the more out of love (1 Tim. 6:2).
Don’t fret when you don’t hear God whisper, “Work in the fashion industry,” or “Enroll in Bible college.” Instead, listen to His clear voice through Scripture and practice representing Him well right where you are. How can you glorify God and love others with the gifts He has given you today?
I’d love to hear from you. What thoughts or questions do you have after reading this post? And what specific step will you take today to glorify God in the way you work?
A Few Final Notes
- If you enjoyed this post, you might also want to check out “Dear College Grad.”
- Need some go-to graduation or Christmas gifts? Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung is a phenomenal resource. And it’s significantly thinner than Friesen’s excellent but meaty book. (Full disclosure: I will make a few pennies if you purchase any Amazon products I recommend.)
- FYI: I just refreshed this post; How to Know God’s Will For Your Career originally debuted on LiesYoungWomenBelieve.com.