Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

You should choose the career that God leads you to have and work as unto the Lord.  The Bible is full of examples of people who served God in various careers.  In the Old Testament Daniel and Joseph were governors, Abraham was a herdsman, David was a shepherd, general, and a king, and Gideon was a farmer.

In the New Testament the disciples had various jobs- Lydia was a cloth dealer (Acts 16:14), Aquila and Priscilla made tents (Acts 18:3), Zenas was a lawyer (Titus 3:13) and Luke was a doctor (Colossians 4:14).  Plus, in both the Old and New Testament God always blessed His people with wisdom and success to be the best at what they did.

For example, consider how God blessed Joseph’s work under Potiphar, “From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.”

I like to refer to God’s blessing as the, “Holy Ghost Advantage (HGA)!”  When you discover the career path God has for you ask Him to make you the best at it.  If you work God’s Word, the Word will work for you!  Certainly, education, experience, and determination are important- but the advantage comes from God’s blessing!

Someone is going to be the next top seller in your store- why not you?  Someone is going to get the next promotion in your company- why not you?  Someone’s restaurant is going to become the next successful chain- why not yours?  Someone is going to invent the next “big thing,” why not you?  Someone is going to be successful today, why not you?

Therefore, as Paul states in the above passage, “whatever you do (washing cars, trading stocks, serving food, answering phones, nursing, fixing cars, etc…) work at it with all your heart- as working for the Lord!”


Reflection

What career path do you think God wants you to be great at?

Action

  1. Seek the Lord for His direction in your career if you haven’t already.
  2. Do all that you can to be the best at your job. Come early, stay late. Gain more education, perfect your skills, and treat costumers/employees/bosses like how you would want to be treated.
  3. Whatever work you do- do it as unto the Lord!

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