I found this unpublished post on my Facebook account that I had written a couple of years ago. Okay, maybe longer than that. It’s so interesting to read what I’d been going through back then and how my perspectives have (and in some ways have not) changed. It reminded me of some really key things that are so easy to forget. Anyway, here it is:
[As a response to the title of the entry] Short answer: no.
This is something I’ve been thinking about and praying about a lot lately. I think its safe to say that people need to pay bills. I get it. And people go to work to make enough money to pay bills. I get that too. For awhile, I had thought that for me, it meant going to work (e.g. a 9 to 5 job) or starting a business, making money - paying bills. Then when 5pm rolled around, I could be a Christian again, loving God, delving into Scripture, into what God has for me and for the people around me.
And well, lately, that hasn’t really jived well with my heart. When in the Bible (Matthew 6:33) Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”, He meant it. Seek *first’ his kingdom and his righteousness. God wants every part of us to be devoted to Him. No, our regular jobs are not just a means to make money. That’s such a small purpose and really isn’t a good enough reason to go to work, in my opinion. We’re called to spread the gospel, to live our lives transparently as Christians, living as examples that point to God’s work in our lives.
Where does the “work” aspect come into play, you ask? Well, I am definitely not saying that during work you shouldn’t be doing the tasks you are assigned and should be having deep conversations about God every hour instead. Absolutely, we’re to strive for excellence and to do our best when it comes to our work. The work itself is not the issue, however what drives the work is of key importance. Why are you in the job you are in now? To pass the time? Because it pays the bills? Not good enough.
As a Christian, if its not rooted in God and His purposes, its not His will.
“When we base our choices upon the “fear of the Lord”—a holy, reverential sense of humility and commitment to God—our choices will put us on the path of wisdom.” (taken from http://shar.es/1m0bS) …..I realize there’s a lot of “churchie” words in there. Sorry about that, lol. But this really got to me. I had what I felt like a million plans/careers for my life, each one, completely unrelated to the other. As much as I could justify each one by saying I wanted to do it to make a lot of money so that I could tithe well, and give more to others, I know truthfullly, I just wanted to make a lot of money, period.
At this point, I don’t know exactly what I am going to do with my electrical engineering degree when I finish this December. I don’t know whether I will own a business in months or in years. But God knows and He has a plan for my life. I believe that if we start with the right purpose, we will get to where we’re supposed to be. If we start with a God-centered purpose, we’ll get to where He wants us to be.
Sounds simple, sounds easy, but it is hard. Its so easy to trust in my abilities, to trust in the examples given to me (http://bit.ly/21Nghv), to trust in the comforts and the promises of a secure 9 to 5 job. But its not easy to trust in God alone, to wait for His timing and His plan, when the world is telling me to hurry up and figure it out. I don’t claim to be perfect, to have the right motivations and purposes for pursuing any career or business, but I know that I am a work in progress, and ultimately, He will use my life to show the world who He is.