5 jobs where you can use your talents for God.

5 jobs where you can use your talents for God.

I remember speaking to an older man in my church some years ago about advice for finding a new job.

“Get a job where you can help people,” he said.  “I ran a machine that manufactured cardboard boxes for 30 years.  It paid the bills, but I wish I would have been a paramedic or something more people-oriented. A Christian should be able to serve God through the work that he does.”

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The most basic purpose for a job is to earn money.  However, for a Christian, this should not be its only purpose.  We should try to use our jobs as a way to glorify God. We can do this by helping others, demonstrating honesty or dedication or hard work.  God even says in his word that in one sense, one’s title or position is irrelevant as long as the believer serves God.

“Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.  So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.” (1 Corinthians 7:21-24)

We see that any job, even slavery, can be put to good use for the Master if we are serving Him first of all.  However, Paul also says that the slaves obviously could do better for themselves and should seek freedom if possible.  

Since most of us are not facing the possibility of being a literal slave for life (although some companies may make a job feel like slavery), we should take the opportunity to find a career that we like to do and something that allows us to serve God at the same time. Here are five suggestions for careers.  These are careers where the pay may be relatively low, the stress is high but helping others through care and guidance is a major component of the job.