Vocation and profession have an important role to play in fulfilling God’s purposes and plans in our life. They’re not everything, but they are an important factor. When God created man, He gave him the privilege of work in His Garden.
Genesis 1:28 says, “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'”
Earthly professions are not simply a means to make ends meet, but also our opportunity to participate in God’s work here on earth.
But how do we know if a certain career path – whether that’s one you are currently on or one you are planning to enter – is God’s will for us or not? Here are five signs that a certain job is really what God is calling us into.
It Glorifies God. The chief end of any profession is the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom. Do our jobs or the jobs we plan to enter into honor God and His commandments? Does the way we carry them out show integrity and the fear of the Lord? The one necessity to every job is that it is to glorify God.
You Enjoy Your Job. God gives us work not simply as a duty, but in many ways also to be a delight. That’s not to say that our feelings should be the primary indicator of God’s blessing over it. Sometimes it’s also a matter of learning to love what you do and coming to terms with the value that is behind it.
You Are Good At It and Continue To Become Better At It. Anything and everything God calls us into will not just be enjoyable, but something we actually have the gift and skill for. God wants us to work excellently at what we do and one way He makes sure of that is by matching us to a profession where we maximize the talents He gives us.
It brings financial reward. The reality is that our jobs are God’s primary way of providing for our daily needs. Unless a job is meeting your financial needs, it cannot be sustainable. God is planning for the long term and for that to happen, your job must be sustainable and one that involves being fairly and adequately compensated monetarily.
Your Profession Blesses Others. More than just being a blessing to us, our jobs are intended also to bless people around you. Does your job bless your boss, co-workers, clients, and family? If it does then that’s a good sign that you are where God wants you to be.