Are Your Career Choices Showing Trust in God or Yourself
Have you ever thought about what God might think of your career and the choices you made to get there? This area is barely touched in today’s churches. While churches ask for tithes, they don’t actually warn about the dangers of choosing jobs based upon self-promotion rather than God-promotion. Let’s discuss whether your career choices are showing trust in God or yourself.
Ethics are a hot topic in the Bible. Our first thought should be what does God think of our behavior, actions, and thought. As Christians, we take sin very seriously. It separates us from our Father. It is the first commandment. Loving God first is that important. Then, we should always apply Jesus’ commandments to us in dealing with others in the workplace:Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 23: 37-39 NIV.This is especially true for managers, executives and others in positions of authority. As a Christian, you wouldn’t want to step on everyone to get to the top, even if the money is good. Treating employees like real people with real problems would be showing your Christian values. Don’t get all caught up in moving up that ladder that you lose sight of God. Trust God has the right position for you. God is working upstream for you. Always trust that. Eventually, your blessings will flow down to you. Be faithful to God in your career choices, and you’ll find that God rewards you for your faith and obedience.
There are some career choices that are unsavory. We all know which ones those would be. Even if you’re desperate for money, you need to put God first. Help is just a prayer away. Don’t expect millions of dollars, but expect through your faith to be rewarded and you will receive what you need. Sometimes, some careers are in the middle gray area. For example, you may receive a job offer from a company that is making products that are dangerous to others. However, you work in the financial department. Are you guilty of sin by proxy? The Bible says:In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned. Titus 2:7. NIV.This tells us that God wants us to show good character and sound mind when making decisions about our careers, so yes, you would be responsible for telling the truth about the problems. If you chose to continue working knowing that the problems exist, you’re working for yourself, and knowingly hurting many others. Sin’s consequences have a ripple effect in some cases. This was one of them.Remember, choosing money first, benefits or other perks that would offer sinful activities are other examples choosing yourself over God. Think about how your career either agrees or disagrees with God’s standards. It will be an excellent show of obedience if anyone chooses God over sinful activities, and especially in your career choices