A Calling That Pays the Bills

If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

–1 Timothy 5:8

How do you find your God-given calling? First of all, understand that your job is important to God. It is an extension of God’s work in the world. Second, discover your desires. If God calls you to a particular work, then He’ll give you the passion and giftedness to do it. But there’s a third method for finding the perfect job, and that is to exercise practicality. Ask yourself, Can I make a living at this work?

In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul wrote, “If anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” It is God’s will for you to take care of yourself and your family. And your calling is a primary way through which God provides for you financially.

What does that mean? When given the choice, choose employment over unemployment. Occasionally, people tell me, “Pastor, I think God is calling me to quit my job. I’m so unfulfilled. There has to be something better I can do.” When I ask if they have another job lined up, they say, “No, I’m just trusting God.”

Don’t do that. If God is providing for you financially, then don’t give up the blessing God has given you until you’ve found something else. When you can, choose employment over unemployment.

Also, learn to differentiate between a hobby and a career. A hobby is something that simply interests you. But your calling, your life work, is something that can provide you with an adequate income. That’s the key phrase: adequate income. The amount of money you need to live on may change throughout your lifetime. For example, when you’re receiving Social Security checks, you may feel free to pursue work that doesn’t provide as much money as you needed earlier in life. Your life work should be practical.

What has God given you the passion and the ability to do? Will this work pay the bills? Does it line up with God’s purpose in the world? When those three things come together, then you know you have discovered your calling. Colossians 3:23–24 says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men. . . . It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

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Today’s devotion is adapted from “Finding the Perfect Job” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.

Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. www.lockman.org.

 

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