Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom. – Ecclesiastes 9:10


Whether you receive a paycheck or emotional reward for your job, can you honestly say that God has directed you to your present work? Did you seek his guidance before or since taking your present job or position? If not, perhaps it’s time you did! You may find that he directed your path without your knowledge, or you might discover that he has some other work in mind for you.

How do we find the work that God wants us to do? First, we should take stock of our gifts and abilities. Most people enjoy doing things that exercise their gifts. Second, we can ask friends, coworkers, and family members if they have any particular feeling about what kind of work we might enjoy. Finally, we can take a test such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Don’t worry, it isn’t the kind of test you can pass or fail, but you can gain insights into the way you were created, and you’ll understand why certain types of work will suit you better than others.

As one man said, “Religious activity, Bible study, our personal devotions must be a preparation, not a substitution, for dealing with pivotal choices facing all of us: What am I giving my life to? Do my goals, ambitions, and values reflect the beliefs I espouse? How much of what I consider important does God consider valuable in light of eternity.”

Excerpted from “Flashpoints” by Steve Arterburn