What are you going to do when you grow up? This was a question we asked each other all the time when we were kids. The answers were usually cute “An astronaut” Johnny might say or “A ballerina” Katrina may gush. But when you are an adult choosing the right job is a very hard task. Tim Keller has some great wisdom when it comes to choosing a job:
We are not to choose our jobs and conduct our work to fulfill ourselves and accrue power, for being called by God to do something is empowering enough. We are to see work as a way of service to God and to our neighbor, and so we should both choose and conduct our work in accordance with that purpose. The question regarding our choice of work is no longer “what will make me the most money and give me the most status?” The questions must now be “How, with my existing abilities and opportunities, can I be of the greatest service to other people, knowing what I do of God’s will and of Human need?”
Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, 67
What job or career would you choose if you asked “How, with my existing abilities and opportunities, can I be of the greatest service to other people, knowing what I do of God’s will and of Human need?”
Christians serve a king who has far different priorities than those of the world. Let us have our whole world shaped by those priorities, especially when it comes to choosing our careers.
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