Have you ever been to a construction site? I mean, where they are building an edifice or a big auditorium.
Now, create a mental image on such a place and think of the happenings around there. I am sure you will discover that there are all sorts of engineers with different specialities, not to mention various skilled and unskilled labourers.
You will also notice that they all work on different parts and aspect of the project. But towards a common goal, which is to achieve the original plan in the blueprint.
Think of the earth as the construction site. You are one of the workers, and God is the architect and owner of the building. God is up to something; he is building a kingdom on earth. He has a master plan, and he has recruited you to be part of the construction process. This will lead us to the first truth:
your career is part of God’s big plan – emphasis on GOD.
Yes, your career is not about you; it is about the master plan. It is more significant than you, which is why you can’t just do whatever you like. You must play according to the rule and build according to definite instructions. This very first reason underscores the importance of divine direction.
The people working on this site (in our analogy above) were paid to do what the owner wants. If at any point, they decide to build something different, and the owner finds out; he will stop sponsoring the project. That is the second truth we want to derive.
God will not sponsor a project he did not initiate. Do you want to have God as your possession? Be part of his project.
If your responsibility in the master plan is to build the kingdom from the classroom and you end up in the bank, you are on your own. I am not trying to scare you, instead to make you see the importance of divine direction in career.
Many people think career is not spiritual; thus, they can decide to do anything they want with it. Well, you can indeed do whatever you wish to, but in the end, it will amount to nothing as far as heaven is concerned. You may be successful in the eyes of men, but in God’s eyes, you are entirely out of the master’s plan.
Your self-will and dedication can yield results. Moses struck the rod instead of talking to it, and it yet yielded result. He was successful in bringing out water as far as the people were concerned, but with God, he failed.
Yes, the flesh can yield result, but the result kills. Thus, the achievement is not the yardstick for measuring whether you are in the right career path as far as divine direction is concerned.
How Do I know God is Involved?
I love the definition of a career on the University of Dubuque’s website – “Career can be defined as the total of decisions that direct your educational, social, economic, political and spiritual endeavours and reflect your unique personality, characteristics and basic life values”.
First, career is a decision. It is bigger than the job, and it is more than the course of study at the university. Unfortunately, most young people are just interested in getting a job and not in building a career. If you are a career-minded person, they are some jobs opportunity you will not bother applying. Even when you find yourself there, you will see it as just a means to an end.
If you are looking for a formula for divine direction, you will be disappointed. It doesn’t exist anywhere. But one thing is consistent among people that have received divine guidance for a career – they are people who love God enough to please him and trust him enough do his will.
So the question is, do you genuinely love him? Do you desire to please him more than anything? The problem sometimes is not that we don’t love God, but we love other things more than God. It could be our ego, reputation, money etc. When it comes to picking between doing God’s will and these things, we would instead go for them and ask God for forgiveness later. It is difficult for a man with such a mindset to receive divine direction for a career.
The second part is trust. A man can Love God and ready to do whatever God tells him, but doesn’t trust him enough to pull him through. Such a man will always try to help God. He erroneously believes that heaven helps those who help themselves.
Seeking God’s face becomes an alternative. If it doesn’t work, he goes back to God, but if it works, then God is involved.
A man, who must receive divine direction for career, must be ready to LOVE him unconditionally and TRUST him with all he’s got. The love prepares your heart to receive divine instructions, and the trust gives you the stamina to obey the instruction to the later.
Avoid the extremes
I’ve once met a young man, who finished NYSC for almost two years, and I asked what he was doing, He said he is waiting on the Lord. Like Really? Are you doing nothing for nearly two years in the name of waiting on the Lord? I asked.
Please don’t get inflicted with the ‘waiting-on-God-Syndrome’.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with waiting on God. However, that does not mean you should do nothing; waiting on God is not passive. Read through your scriptures, the people used by God were not idle. People like Moses, Elisha, Matthew, James, Gideon etc. They were doing something, and God visited them on their duty post.
If it comes to your heart, and your motives are right, go ahead and pray about it. If God did not say otherwise, then do it. It can only be possible for those who genuinely love him and are ready to do his will.