I want to choose a career that pleases God. What should I do?

What guidelines can you give a young believer in selecting a career?

The Cretan’s poet described them as "lazy gluttons" (JND, "slow bellies," AV) in Titus 1:12. Christian teaching directed them to "maintain good works for necessary uses" (3:14) Weymouth Translates this, "to set a good example in following honest occupations for the supply of their necessities." Paul wanted the Thessalonian believers "to work with your own hands.., that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing" (1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12). Money is not the first consideration. These passages suggest some leading questions in deciding on a career.

1. Will this help my testimony?
2. Is this consistent with Christian ethics?
3. Is it honorable work (not a means to hastily acquired wealth, Proverbs 23:5)?
4. Does this career serve a necessary purpose for others?
5. Will it enable me to be financially responsible?

These questions filter through the many options and point to a broad field of choices.

The possibilities further narrow with more personal concerns.

1. Is this career a suitable use of my God-given abilities?
2. Will this allow me time for the most important priorities in my life (spiritual priorities, first)?
3. Will it limit my consistent participation in assembly life?
4. Will this enable me to win souls?
5. Do I know enough about this career to choose wisely?
6. Is this a reasonable fit with my personality?

The paramount concern is to know and do the will of God. All of these considerations are helpful only in the degree to which the believer undergirds his entire life with the sincere desire, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" (Acts 9:6).

D. Oliver