GOD IN THE WORKPLACE
How to find contentment in our careers and day to day jobs
through God's guidance and assistance.
As I wrote in a previous article, in this section of the website, one of the best examples of God’s helping hand (providence) in my life was his assistance during my career. Without doubt, he is
interested in our jobs, just as he is interested in all other facets of
our lives. Out of his love for us, he actually wants to be involved.
Firstly though, bear with me. I feel it necessary to explain God’s expectations with regards to our jobs. The Bible’s
New Testament (e.g. Colossians 3:23), explains that we are expected to
‘do our best’ within our employment. In short, we should do what we are
paid to do, and to the best of our ability. I fully realise that we do
not all have jobs that we enjoy, but we are still expected to do our
best. There can be satisfaction in that alone, as I well know from boring jobs that I have held, if we
achieve our best when we know that God wants it of us! It pleases him.
said that, we have all been formed with our own particular abilities, often
driven by our genetics. We are basically ‘who we are’. Now God knows exactly what
we are capable of, and can at least assist us with his guidance into
And when we do follow that guidance, then his providence (his helping hand) will be
released there in varying degrees. Note that there are other
considerations, influencing his helping hand, such as our obedience to
him. I suggest reading the article, “Trusting God with your life”.
I can say with confidence that God eventually led me from a career direction of safe and secure boredom with
satisfaction to a path where my abilities were
value to the community and I gained high job satisfaction. I accepted some hard
leadings as I went though. I had to, for example, accept positions of higher responsibility yet less pay,
other ‘cushier’ job options available to me. My confidence in
God’s guidance within my career, and my trust in him, gradually grew stronger as I
continued to put faith to the test in that area of my life. I have no doubts that I was rewarded by him for doing so.
the best way forward in my job, that would deliver positive outcomes
for my public/ civil service organisation and its often vulnerable clients, also became
much more obvious under his
leadings. And of course I specifically prayed for guidance on occasions. As my career
progressed further I came to completely accept that
I could genuinely count on his assistance, i.e. I trusted him implicitly.
Remember that my work life was coupled with my church life, and as
a Christian within the Born Again/ Charismatic movement at that time, I had seen some pretty wild stuff proving that God
was present there in the Church. This also included personal guidance from God (‘words’
spoken through a gifted Bishop and others) in
that environment. Again ... I understand how far fetched that may also
seem ... but please have a look at some of the articles relating to the movement (e.g. “Gifts from the Spirit” etc) to see what I mean.“
Bear in mind too that Christian-based ethics also played a role in my work
decisions. All of us in the workplace must concentrate on the
needs of our fellow workers and our clients/ customers, and follow God’s guidance in this regard when performing our responsibilities. It is expected by him. Again this relates to following God's will.
And let me make it totally clear that I am certainly not trying to present myself as
special. I know that I am not. Rather I am hoping to
demonstrate to you how God can lead an ordinary person to truly exceed what they assume is their
human potential. With regards to career
choices, I emphasise that it does not
matter what our job might be, as long as it adds some value to the
God will assist in it.
Continue to the next article, “God during hard times”.