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How Do We Align Our Careers with Our Faith in Christ?

Our faith and identity in Christ encompasses and influences every aspect of our lives, including the long-term decisions we make in our careers.

 

One of the most important decisions we face is what to do with our lives. The question is, how do we choose a career path that aligns with our identity in Christ? Here are four tips to consider.

First, do no harm.

There are certain industries that operate on the margins of the law, blurring the line between what’s “right” and “wrong.” There are certain jobs that encourage people to take advantage of others in the name of maximizing profits. There are businesses that create hazardous conditions—environmental or financial—for others.

The question is, can someone pursue a career in a “gray area” and still maintain an identity in Christ? If we choose a job for less-than-noble reasons, do we damage our witness to others? Do we open ourselves to legitimate accusations of hypocrisy?

In Titus 1:16, the apostle Paul warns against people who “profess to know God, but in works … deny Him.” In 1 Timothy 6:9, he warns against improper motives in choosing a career. “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.”

Consider how God has equipped you.

In Ephesians 2:10, the apostle Paul writes, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Each of us has been given a unique set of…

  • skills
  • abilities
  • limitations
  • passions
  • preferences
  • opportunities
  • strengths
  • weaknesses

The challenge is to find a career path that best aligns with our unique makeup. If you have experience in the workforce, you already may have an idea of where your path does or doesn’t lie. If not, you may want to consult people who know you well for input.

Think of the glory.

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Your job falls squarely in the category of “whatever you do.” Some careers naturally lend themselves to glorifying God. Others can be made to glorify God with some thought, creativity and effort. But if you can’t find any legitimate way to bring glory to God in the work you do, you may need to reconsider your career path.

Remember, every career is a service industry.

No matter what career you choose, your first job requirement is serving others. Can you impact other people’s lives in a positive way? Can you bring joy and hope to people who need it? Can you make someone’s life better? Can you ease someone’s troubles? These are all important considerations when choosing a career path.

No salary guarantee, stock option or benefits package can equal the value of this promise from Hebrews 6:10: “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”

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7 comments on “How Do We Align Our Careers with Our Faith in Christ?

  1. As I read this article I could not help but think that this is my heart. I love writing and I love expounding on the Word of God. I have had the opportunity if working within the community as a Clinical Therpaist, as a Case manager and as a substance abuse Clinician.
    One thing that stands out is how in many of these jobs one is asked to be unethical and to perform duties that one cannot as a Christian. It is the world we love in. Never before has it become so necessary to stand our ground. Regardless of what good one thinks one will do, the end does not justify the means. God is a God of order and when we violate that we fall away from pleasing him.

    It is my desire to work in the field writing and developing material that will benefit the believer as well as bring hope to those that need Christ. I am happy to have read this.
    Thank you for your integrity in writing according to God’s own heart.

    The steps of a man are established by the Lord , when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
    Psalms 37:23‭-‬24 ESV

  2. Very intructive study, clear, simple, enlightening. Thank you. With your permission, could I publish it on my site translating it into my language? (Portuguese)

    1. John at Thomas Nelson Bibles says:

      Hi Gabriel,

      Thank you for visiting our blog, and thank you for your request to use the article. We’d prefer you not publish the article on your site. You can, however, link to our article and reference it.

      Thanks again!
      John from the Thomas Nelson Bible Team

  3. Odion Evelyn says:

    I love this short but encouraging message, I have struggled with this kind of decision for a very long time. God bless you

  4. Odion Evelyn says:

    We should be able to engage ourselves in jobs that can help our faith, a job that help us to serve God and others betters and not the one that will affect our faith negatively

  5. Lawson Dankyi Ansong says:

    Thanks so much for throwing much light on the need to let the world see Christ in everything that engages us.
    The wrong actions and inactions of a lot of Christians at work places rather tends to be an imperdiment in the way of unbeliever – who may be contemplating becoming a Christian.

    We need to let our light shine, no matter where we find ourselves. It may be in the difficult dark places. But it should not be an excuse. The virtues of Christianity must not be compromised or modernized.

    When we take the first step to lead a life of righteousness or make an effort, it is there and then that help will come from God to strengthen us.
    Thanks once again.

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