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through God’s guidance and assistance.
Open it all to God in trust.
God in the workplace. It works!
You can read the introductory article to this section of the website, “God’s presence in our lives” before going on, if you have not already. It explains the various methods, available to us, that we can use to engage with God in our lives. And how our lives can be positively transformed as a result! It also puts those available methods, and our overall relationship with God, in perspective.
(To read about the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this website please click here.)
This article discusses God in the workplace. I happily write that it pleases God to engage within every facet of our individual lives. And from my experience, his guidance and assistance can be recognised there in our education, jobs and careers if we do engage with him during our journey. As in other important stuff in our lives it is always a good idea to keep him ‘in the loop’.
In my case, I came to recognise that fact, well beyond the appropriate and accepted gauge of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. I have used that ‘gauge’ during much of my life, and in my own career in particular. (Again, to read about the ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ of this website please click here.)
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. We should, in short, do what we are paid to do, and to do it to the best of our ability. Now 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.
2. OPEN YOUR OCCUPATION TO HIM IN TRUST
Having 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 begin to assist through his guidance in that direction. And when we do follow that guidance as Christians, 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 ‘faithfulness’ to him. I do suggest you read the article, “Trusting God with your life”. That article is in the same section of the website as this particular one.
Now I am not saying that you won’t ever miss out on expected promotions or will never lose a job. There may well be some difficulties ahead. But, we just keep trusting him and he will do the rest. If we are truly committed to our faith, then most things slowly but surely work out for the best.
2.1 Assistance in my career
I can say with confidence that God eventually led me away from a career direction of safe and secure boredom, with little self satisfaction. And as such, he led me towards a path where my abilities were actually ‘of value to the community’. Not surprisingly I guess, I must add that I gained job satisfaction during the process.
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 in a positive sense.
I did accept some hard ‘leadings’ as I went though. For example, I was led to accept positions of higher responsibility yet less pay, rather than other ‘cushier’ job options available to me. It became clear eventually that God wanted me to take on those positions mentioned above. 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 in the long run for doing so.
2.2 My long term outcome
So yes, finding the best way forward in my jobs – that would deliver positive outcomes for my public/ civil service organisations and their often vulnerable clients – 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. And that happened both on a day-by-day and long term basis. I knew that I was never alone. He was always there with me!
I completely trusted the Lord and he lovingly assisted me in meeting my well intentioned commitments, that were based on his guidance. Do I hear you saying, “Oh yeah really?” as you read all that. But to me, the chance of all those new methods succeeding under my leadership, were just so against the odds. And the same results occurred with complex programmes, and major projects, that succeeded as well as they did on a ‘year in, year out’ basis. My pay packet did increase in later years as well. But you know, that was just ‘cream on the cake’. My job satisfaction, which just kept increasing over the years, was what really rewarded my earlier faith-based decisions.
I must mention too that my ‘work life’ was coupled with my ‘church life’. And as a Christian within the Pentecostal/ Charismatic movement, shortly after beginning my new career, I experienced some pretty wild stuff proving that God was present there in the Church. Again … I understand how far fetched that may also seem, if you have never had contact with that sort of thing. Please have a look at some of the articles relating to the ‘movement’ (e.g. access the subsection, “Gifts of the Spirit”) to see what I mean.
2.3 How you can engage with him
Most importantly, in this article, I hoped to highlight that if you engage with God in your career and employment then he will help you. And do so convincingly. I offer other articles on this website that will support you during the process. More on that below.
How do you engage with him though? Firstly, you open yourself to his guidance. There is a subsection of articles in the above Menu Bar titled, “God’s guiding hand” that explains how this is achieved. And if you do follow his guidance, then more than likely you will receive his assistance to help you to follow it. That is explained in the article “God’s helping hand”.
I will add, based on my experiences, that you should also be ready to faithfully follow his lead in your whole life, recognising his Bible-based ‘it’s not all about me’ approach. Again you should find “Real personal freedom” for yourself.
All I can add is, please apply this stuff to all of your life’s endeavours. I will be surprised if it does not work for you too.
Bear in mind as well, 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. As Christians, we should follow God’s guidance in this regard when performing our responsibilities. It is expected by him. 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 in this article. 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 community, God will assist in it.
I have provided a number of other of articles, related to this faith and trust stuff, on this website. In short, it really does amaze analytical old me just how willing God is to lovingly involve himself with us faithful Christians. He sure can make life that much more contented and purposeful, when we are ready to fully engage with him there. That applies to the unavoidable bad times in life, as well as the good times.
Continue to the next article, “God during hard times”.
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