Does My Job Matter To God?
Does my job matter to God? Am I looking for stability or does God want to use me?
On Friday 23rd of May 2014, Matt Cooper led this month’s Café Q discussion, covering the topic of whether or not our careers and jobs matter to God.
Studies have shown that 75% of all adults are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life. Furthermore, half of all adults are searching for meaning in general. But what are all of these people missing? Why aren’t they seemingly satisfied with where they currently are in life?
Matt Cooper suggests that they are “missing the key”.
Millennial’s (or younger people) account for one quarter of all Christians. Due to the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the environment millennial’s have created for themselves, it is common for young people to have several career changes throughout their lives.
If what you do doesn’t define who you are, what should you be doing instead? These days, we don’t climb the career ladder or venture on the career path. Instead we go on a career journey. This will open up more options and ways to get to where we ultimately want to go. Eventually our end-goal should include working to create a better world and this is only achieved by “looking up”.
As Christians we should be “looking up” because there is a higher purpose. Through our careers/jobs, we can find comfort and stability in the fact that God wants us to have a job where:
- We work together and are rewarded over time (Rom 8:28)
- We are called to focus on the work, rather than the money (Jer 17:7-8)
- We offer the gifts God has given us because there is good that comes out of that labour (Ecc 3:12-13)
- We are benefiting others by giving freely. There is a focus on who we are helping rather than ourselves (Eph 4:28)
- We are giving glory to God through all of our actions and thoughts (1 Cor 10:31).
In order for us to glorify God, we need to offer an accurate representation of his character and values. You might not want to, but you have been called to. Christians in the workplace are often on show for others around them – closely watched and, sometimes, it can feel like we are being monitored. We should glorify God so that those around us can get a glimpse of our Heavenly Father and what it means to have a relationship with Him. Simple things like staying positive and building people up (Eph 4:29) are the beginnings of this. Even if you think things like this are small, someone is aware of it (Prov 19:1).
You are the one who can make a difference. Don’t leave it to the next person.
Your name stands for something and you want it to stand for integrity.
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