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It is not the career that is important but the purpose for which you work.
Reference: “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”” John 6:27 NIV
Explore: I recently read a prediction that young people leaving school today will end up having seven different careers. That’s not seven jobs or seven different employers but seven different careers they will engage in.
It is difficult, at the end of your teenage years, to know what you would like to do for the rest of your life. I know I started out wanting to be a psychologist and ended up training to be a minister of religion.
But through all the different jobs I have held (including three different careers so far!) I have found it is not the career that is important, but the purpose for which you work.
It can become very disheartening if you only work to gain money. If you can find a job that gives you purpose and direction, however, and fulfils the call God has on your life, then you will find greater capacity no matter what the task at hand.
Application: Jesus never gave directives as to what career people should aim for in their lives. But He did give some overarching goals anyone could apply.
He encouraged His followers to produce fruit that would last.
Now, anyone who has a mortgage or any kind of financial obligation knows that a pay cheque does not last forever. And so we need to have a greater purpose in our lives than just earning money.
The thing I love about Jesus’ teaching is that it can apply to anyone. It may encourage you to reflect upon your career, but moreso to prompt you to consider your intention.
No matter what you do or how much you earn, what fruit are you striving to grow?
Prayer: Lord, may we never be satisfied with just earning money. May we seek to find purpose and fulfilment in all areas of our life. Amen.
What fruit are you striving to grow?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.