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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 with 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 God helping me, 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 do it to the best of our ability.
Now I fully realise that we don’t 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 in the past. That is if we achieve our best when we know that God wants us to! It pleases him.
2. OPEN YOUR OCCUPATION TO HIM IN TRUST
Having said that, we have all been formed with our own particular abilities. They can be ‘shaped’ by our genetics, our education and through the influences of parents and friends. 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 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, and I have added a little about that later in this article. 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 real 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 actually his assistance during my career. Out of his love for us, he actually wants to be involved there 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, at times, rather than some ‘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.e. into senior management, 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 really 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 etc. 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 as well. But you know, that was just ‘icing 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. Don’t forget, there’s no benefit for someone like me to just make up stuff for you to read, just to keep you on this website.
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/ job/ employment then he will help you. And do so in a pretty obvious manner. 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, and importantly, you open yourself to his guidance. I introduced this stuff under Heading 2. 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. And have a look at the article “What does faith offer us?” please.
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.
2.4 Maybe not all ‘smooth sailing’ though
And look, as the heading above says, our work and even our education won’t all be smooth sailing. For example, we may well experience bullying and harrassment at times. But we can engage with God for assistance, say through prayer. Although we do need to understand what works and what doesn’t in these areas of concern. It is also discussed in the article, “Prayers that may fail” under Heading 5.
And the article following this one, titled ““God during hard times”, may offer guidance that can assist you during any other tough times at work.
Bear in mind as well, that Christian-based ethics 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 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. And trust him. 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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