Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.
1 Corinthians 7:17, 24 (NIV)
Read: 1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Consider: Many people have a sense that God might be calling them to serve him, but few of these people think that God may be calling them to serve him where they are and where they work.
When considering serving God, it is easy to think of full-time Christian ministry, yet this calling is not possible for everyone. Indeed it would not be healthy for every Christian to seek full-time Christian ministry as their goal, only to deal with the disappointment when it becomes apparent that God hasn’t called them to it.
Paul’s advice to the Corinthian believers is that they should be content to stay in the employment they were in when they became Christians. However, if we recognise that some people will become Christians having been involved in a life of crime, Paul is not telling them to continue in this way. What he is asking them to be is content with the role God has called them to and not be envious of others.
This means that where you work and what you do are important to God and we should take the time to be sure that we know the situation God has assigned to us. The key is not to stay in particular employment whatever the circumstances, but it does mean being willing to stay in the employment God wants us to be in. Like many people, I changed career direction during my working life. I spent 13 years in business and then spent the next 30 years in education. What I did do was to take care to pray, so as to find out what God’s will was in the matter and whether or not the change of direction was right for me. I can say with confidence that the 13 years I spent in business were not wasted and were a preparation for my next 30 years in education. Throughout it all I had a confidence that I was in the right place, doing the right job.
Pray: Father, help us to be content in whatever job you have chosen for us and to see it as serving you there. May we serve you faithfully, allowing our lives to speak for you and being willing to speak openly when the occasion arises. Amen