We’ve all done it. Compared our job to someone else’s job: She makes more money than I do, he has a better job, she has a better title, etc. At one point or another we all have felt that desire to be better, do better, have better. While all these things aren’t necessarily bad, when we focus so much on the goal of bettering our circumstances we lose sight of the whole point. When we’re focusing so much on the J-O-B we forget the B-I-B-L-E. We forget the mission and purpose of our existence.
Feeling like you don’t have an important job is very common. Having the strong desire to want to move up in your job is even more common and that’s not a bad desire! We should absolutely try to better ourselves. Work hard and grow! It’s only when we focus on growing in our company more than growing in our Father that it becomes an idol.
I have heard people put themselves or others down because they don’t have a position of leadership at their job. Or maybe you don’t have a degree in what you’re doing and it makes you feel “less than” compared to others. I know that I’ve struggled with this before. I worked with kids for over eleven years of my life and so many people looked down on this. They thought all I was doing was babysitting. I can’t tell you how many times I heard “Your job is easy, you get to play with kids all day!” Let me throw you in a room with 12-16 two year olds and see how easy you think it is then! (Can I get an amen from all my teacher friends?!)
Whatever the situation may be, we have all been there. We have all let the things of this world or the status that people give us, overshadow our ability to focus on the cross.
But why are we here? To share the love of Christ, to share the Gospel and to create disciples. Can we only do this when we are in a position of power at work? Does God love those who make lots of money more than those who may make minimum wage?
Or are we all called to share the Gospel right where we’re at, no matter our social class, job title or salary? Won’t God use us in every situation if that is His will?
My fiance once told me, “I don’t think your job is as important as what you’re doing while you’re there.” Meaning, whatever J-O-B you have, your REAL job, your true calling is to minister to people. All people, everywhere, at every job.
This is such a gut check for me even as I write this post. I work in a small financial firm and let me tell you that I am most definitely not the example I should or could be to my co-workers because a lot of times I do focus more on my job than my calling! I am somewhat of a perfectionist, I like to do the best I can! But sometimes I get that feeling of “I’m JUST an admin”. Sometimes I’m tempted to look for a job where I can move up in the company and make more and more money.
But the Lord always checks my heart. Do I want to make more money because I want to give all my extra to those in need, or an orphanage, or to a family who has lost everything. To be brutally honest, no. In those moments of wanting more I’m not thinking of anyone but ME. I’m thinking how nice it would be to buy a nicer car and a big house, or to be able to go on vacation every year to a beautiful resort!
In those moments of wanting more, I’m losing sight of my whole purpose. You see, we are not here to focus on making money, or to focus on work, work, work. We are not here to impress people with our things. We are here to be used by Him. To share Christ with those around us. Is it bad to have a high position at work, or to make loads of money? Absolutely not, especially if you’re allowing God to use you and your resources to better His Kingdom!
So don’t be discouraged when you feel as though your job isn’t “good enough”. Or maybe you didn’t get that promotion you wanted. Maybe you’ve been in the same job for years and years, or maybe you’re in a new workplace. Wherever you are in your work life, school life, stay-at-home-mom life, be encouraged that God has you right where He wants you. Don’t wish for better things so much so that you stop looking at how God can use you right in this current place.
Maybe He hasn’t allowed you to get that promotion or that new job you wanted because there’s someone who needs you right where you are. Have you looked around recently? Is there someone who needs the Lord? Someone who is lonely and in need of a Godly friend? Or maybe God is showing you patience and diligence. Maybe He is teaching you to be content right where He has you. Or teaching you to be faithful with the income you DO have before giving you more.
But don’t let this be an excuse to be complacent. Grow in Christ and in your job. Be the best right where you are while focusing on His will. God will see to it that you are taken care of and used for His glory.
So, let’s not worry so much about our jobs. Let’s focus on growing in the Word, sharing the Word, creating disciples and ministering to those right in front of us. Let’s use our jobs to do His work.
Lord, let our love of You overshadow our love of status, money, or success. Use us where we’re at. Allow our hearts to be opened to those around us, those we see everyday who are longing for You. Soften our hearts to being content where You have us. Guide us as we live for You and love like You.