God gives you the freedom to pursue your personal preferences with your career. These preferences can involve things like where to work, what occupation to choose, or deciding between all types of important career options.
You are free to make these and any number of work-related choices, so long as you honor God in the process. This principle of being free to make choices and to pursue your personal preferences, while at the same time remaining obedient to God, can be referred to as “freedom within limits.”
Free to eat but not the apple.
The Bible’s first reference to freedom within limits occurs in the Garden of Eden and is recorded in Genesis 2:15-17, which says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’”
What God is saying to Adam is the key to understanding freedom within limits: “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden [you are free to make choices and pursue your personal preferences]; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [but, your choices are limited by my other commandment].”
In this passage God is telling Adam to enjoy any fruit he likes; e.g., pears, oranges, or grapes, but he is to not eat the apple.
God is not limiting Adam’s choices to only one option and God will be equally pleased with any of Adam’s choices so long as Adam does not “eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” i.e., the apple. It is important to remember—and this is a key point—that God did this for Adam’s own good.
God blessed Adam with a free will but Adam’s freedom had limits. All of mankind is blessed with this same free will along with its companion principle of freedom within limits.
Free but freedom within limits.
In the realm of work, you are free to make choices and to pursue many career options. But, in areas like morality, honesty, and ethics, etc., God’s already revealed commandments must be obeyed.
For example, are you free to choose your place of employment? Yes. Are you free to choose your career specialty? Yes. Free to initiate a job change? Yes. But, can you engage in an illegal business activity and still remain in God’s will? No. Can you lie to a customer? No. Falsify your resume? No. God’s commandments already address these types of choices and he gave you his commandments for your own good.
2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” Obey God while enjoying the many freedoms he gives you.