What careers can Christians consider?

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Should all believers become pastors or missionaries?

At times we think that Christians should aspire to "Christian careers" like working at a church or in a parachurch ministry. We may realize that Christians can also work outside the walls of the church or the Christian name, but then we tend to limit ourselves to the “helping” professions. Christians can be doctors, nurses, teachers, child care workers, social workers, law enforcement officers, or counselors.

But a businessman? A lawyer? An IT guru? An inventor? A builder? A fashion designer? A news anchor? A TV producer? A musician? An artist? We tend not to list these jobs among the most desirable work for Christians. But there is nothing biblical about such a limiting stance.

Christians can consider almost any career. Paul wrote to the Corinthians...

Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. . . . Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) . . . So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God. (1 Corinthians 7:17,20-21,24)

Paul does not tell the believers to leave their current work and become missionaries or pastors. He tells them to remain where they are and serve God there. Paul wrote something similar to the Colossians, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" (Colossians 3:17). It is not so muchwhatwe are doing that matters, asfor whomwe are doing it. We glorify God when we work hard and cheerfully, whether as a pastor, an investor, an actor, a stay-at-home mother, or a barista.

Choosing a career can be difficult. Obviously, it is a matter for prayer. You should seek God's direction for His will for your life. It can also be helpful to examine the specific gifts God has given you. He makes us each different (1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12:4-8) with unique desires, talents, and interests, and for unique purposes. It is also helpful to talk with those who know you well. Such people can serve as wise counselors (Proverbs 15:22), often providing helpful insight. It may also be beneficial to shadow or interview someone in your potential career field or to volunteer in the field to which you feel drawn.

Christians may consider any career in which they can honor God and use the uniqueness with which God created them. Of course, there are certain careers that are inherently dishonoring to God—most of them not strictly legal, such as prostitution or pornography. But any career that does not require sin in its performance is laudable Christian work and can be done to the glory of God (Colossians 3:23).

Originally published on http://www.gotquestions.org

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    Using the word “career” might be unhelpful here, as I feel like our world is so career-focused and getting sucked into this pursuit of power / money / security in your job is so tempting. I agree with the challenge to “do everything for the glory of God” which definitely can include being a lawyer or accountant but keep Jesus first no matter what. :)

  • user


    It is not my choice on what you take on as a career but you still need to remember to put Jesus first, no matter what the situation is. Just go for your dreams!

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    Completely agree with what’s written in this article above. One thing to add though: Paul is very clear that if you desire to work as a Christian leader, you are aspiring to a noble task! (1 Timothy 3:1). Putting this together with the simple truth that only true Christians should be pastors/ministers and the importance of getting the gospel of Jesus out there as much as possible, perhaps our decision making can be influenced by God’s priorities. If you are a high schooler and are thinking of what job to go for down the track, try to think about what will enable you to share the good news of Jesus wherever you are and what will free you up to be active in your church. If you can swing a job that requires 4 days a week so you can help out at church or teach the Bible to others - fantastic.

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