There are people who have known what they want to do with their lives since they were children and there are others who struggle to find their calling. Many college students wrestle with choosing a path to take and making a career decision that feels right.
If you fall into the latter and are unsure of what direction the Lord wants you to go, do not worry. Many Christians struggle to make career decisions throughout their lives. Sometimes even when you do reach a decision there can be fear that your choice is missing God’s will.
Christians want to live in a way that pleases the Lord and practice His will in every aspect of our lives. The daily choices we make govern not only our actions but also the major life decisions that we make. Thankfully, scripture gives us many instances of clear guidance regarding moral choices. The Ten Commandments and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount are both wonderful for providing assistance and shining a light on the right things to do as God’s sons and daughters.
While the Bible does give us instructions on how to glorify God with our lives there is no advice on making many specific types of life choices, including career decisions. So, while there is no instruction on choosing between multiple possibilities or distinct occupations we can use the Bible as a tool to assist us in being wise decision-makers.
“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” (Mt. 16:26)
The first thing to remember is that you won’t be able or ready to make the right career decision unless you are seeking Him first. By being rooted in Christ the fundamental step will already be accomplished. Would a certain job aspect require you to act in an unethical way? Take the time to research all of your career opportunities and decline anything that may interfere with your relationship with Christ. Avoid anything that causes you to have only small amounts of time to spend with your family or the Lord. Furthermore, stay away from positions that may tempt you to become manipulative or greedy.
It is important to understand that your design needs to be taken into consideration when making any career choices. God has created us all with aptitudes for particular skills and inclinations towards particular interests. While staying away from jobs that may lead you away from Christ, make sure that you are choosing a career that allows you to grow and become more Christ-like in your work.