Key God’s Career Guide principles with links to the articles.
All Hard Work Brings a Profit: All work performed under God’s governance will pay off. It will always bring a reward to God, self, and others. God’s profit is not limited to pecuniary gain. He intends for the impact of your work to be wide-spread and long-lasting.
Boaz: God’s Agent of Blessing: God can use you to be his agent of blessing to another person. Be generous with your wealth and use your career success to bless others.
Bringing God to Work: All workers can grow their work skills while on the job, but only Christians can grow in Christ through their workplace experiences. The centrality of Christ encompasses all things and this includes your daily labor. Bringing God to work is the best career decision you will ever make.
Bringing Good News to Work: All Christians are evangelists, and our ministry in the workplace is not to condemn our co-workers, but to bring the good news and glad tidings of Jesus Christ. We are Christ’s ambassadors to the workplace.
Choosing Righteousness: Are you facing a moral dilemma in your job or tempted to do something unethical? Don’t compromise. Choose righteousness. God’s value system never fails. Doing what is sound, reputable, and honest will always win the day.
Church & Work: What you learn and do on Sunday at church makes life better from Monday through Friday at work. Christian fellowship begins vertically with Jesus Christ and extends horizontally throughout his Body, the church.
Connecting God with Work: Stay connected to God in whatever vocation you have chosen. The Latin root of “vocation” means to call or summon. Your daily labor is a calling and you have been summoned by God to work with all your heart to honor him with your job and career.
Deborah’s Leadership: Leaders are magnets, not bulldozers. They are subject matter experts within their sphere of influence, and they step forward when others don’t. Leaders lead by example; they are affirmed by their followers.
Dealing with a Fool: A fool is the opposite of a wise person and, unfortunately, most of them will self-destruct. Guard yourself against their folly and tell them about Jesus Christ when they are ready to hear.
Dealing with Extreme Stress: Christians are not immune to hardship. But the way we deal with our hardship sets us apart from the rest of the world. With God’s help you can handle any stressful situation that comes your way. Christianity is not a stress-free life but it is the best life.
Decision Making God’s Way: Where God’s Word commands, always obey. Where God’s Word has no command, you are free to choose. Trust the results of your decisions to God’s grace and sovereignty.
Designed to Work: Work is a high calling from God. We use, develop, and take care of the things God created. Work is good, and it has been good since the beginning of time. Work is a divinely ordained activity to be performed to the glory of God.
Encourage One Another: To “encourage” means to call to a person. The word picture of an encourager is someone who stands by your side and calls you to move forward to a better place. Look for opportunities to encourage your co-workers with your supportive words and personal actions.
Four Keys to Effective Prayer: Prayer is God’s way of bringing change to your life. Do the following: get right with God, pray his will, keep praying, and believe for his answer. God will always do what is best for you.
Four Reasons Why God Delays: God’s delay is not his denial. God’s ways are “higher” than your ways, he wants you to demonstrate your faith while you are waiting for him, he wants to bless your waiting, and he wants to be glorified when his answer arrives.
Forget the Former Things: We Christians can get caught up in the “former things” that God wants us to forget. Keep moving forward and dwell on the new things Jesus Christ brings into your life. Jesus is the New Thing.
Freedom within Limits: God has blessed you with the liberty and responsibility to make wise choices in your life. You are free to pursue your personal preferences and to make any number of good choices so long as you honor God in the process.
Glorifying God at Work: God’s glory is the manifestation of his presence. “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God,” and this includes all of your workplace relationships and actions.
God and Your Workplace Trials: Trials are inevitable; they are the consequence of living and working in our fallen world. God promises you, the Christian, that he can bring good out of all things and this includes all of your workplace challenges.
God’s Will for the Worker: God is always for you and never against you. Manifest his character in your work-life. Serve God with your work and grow through your workplace trials.
Good Works in the Workplace: We don’t do good works to get saved—we do good works because we are saved. Doing good works for others is the fruit of your salvation in Jesus Christ, and it is an important part of your Christian witness to your co-workers.
How to Build Character: Character is a choice. It transcends education, training, and position. Character can’t be downloaded; it is built rather than bestowed. The development of your character requires persevering through your battles. Perseverance is engagement with the expectation of victory.
Humility in the Workplace: Biblical humility is simply recognizing your dependence on God. Humble people are more God-centered and other-people-centered than they are self-centered. Humility exalts God while pride, the opposite of humility, exalts self. To be humble is to be like your Savior, Jesus Christ.
Insights from a High Achiever: Solomon, a man of exceptional achievement, realized late in his life that he had focused too much on the temporal and not enough on the eternal. Solomon had narrowed his perspective to the natural and shut out the divine: too much world and not enough God.
Instructions for the Rich: There is nothing wrong with being a rich and successful Christian. When your season of material abundance arrives, if it hasn’t already, do the following: resist the temptation to become arrogant, don’t put your hope in wealth, and be generous and willing to share.
Jealousy in the Workplace: The workplace is a breeding ground for jealousy. Jealousy goes hand-in-hand with “hatred … discord … fits of rage … dissensions … quarreling.” Its consequences are always negative. Jealousy is worldly and not of God. Focus on your own resources, skills, and goals.
Jehoshaphat’s Praise: To many in the workplace, the thought of praising God during a crisis seems nonsensical. But, much of what seems strange to the world actually makes sense to God. When facing a serious trial, be quick to praise God for his greatness before asking for his intercession.
Jesus’ Ordinary Work: Jesus worked just like the rest of us, and in doing this he validated the significance and dignity of everyday, ordinary work and the workers who do it. When you get up and go to work you are following in the footsteps of your Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jonathan’s Faith: God can accomplish his purposes through many or just a few. The odds do not make any difference when you are fighting on God’s side. His ways are supernatural. There is no limit to the things God can do to advance his will and purposes.
Joseph: From Slave to Ruler: Trust God when others betray you. Remain upright and faithful despite your unfair treatment by others. God is sovereign over every trial you will ever experience. His plans for you are bigger than any trial you will ever face.
Joshua’s Early Training: God has been teaching and growing you through your life experiences—the blessings and the trials. Life is a classroom and God is your teacher. He is preparing you for greater things to come.
Leisure God’s Way: Leisure is the free time you have after completing your work. Work is important, but it does not define your life. This is God’s model: your rest follows your work. God ordained a rhythm in life of repeating cycles of work and rest. Enjoy times of rest, celebration, play, and leisure.
Lessons from Paul’s Conversion: Jesus was a marketplace minister and so are you. Don’t give up on the lost in your midst. Any person can receive Jesus Christ anywhere, anytime, and in any circumstance. No one is beyond the reach of Jesus Christ.
Life’s Top Three Priorities: Have you defined your life’s priorities? Your priorities are what you give special attention to. Get these three priorities straight—God, family, and work—and the rest of life will fall into place.
Make Time to Rest: God put boundaries on your work and he did it for your own good. Work has limits. Both work and rest are creation mandates. Include Jesus in your rest just as you do in your work. Make time to go to “a quiet place and get some rest.”
Moses’ Great Decision: Don’t sell out to the pleasures and treasures of this world. Declare your Christian values before others.
No Job Too Small: Do great work regardless of its pay, prestige, or setting. God’s plan for you goes far beyond your current place on a company organization chart. No job is too small if it is what God has for your today.
Peter’s Transformation: God transformed Peter and he can do the same for you. Like Peter, God can accomplish great things through you regardless of your background or personal struggles.
Protect Yourself: Remain Christ-centric in your prosperity. Honor God with your success and serve him only. Understand that your personal success is not a measure of your Christ-likeness. God reigns over the whole of your life whether you have a lot or just a little.
Respect Your Employer: When it comes to job performance give your employer full respect and consideration. Christian employees should be the best employees in every organization.
Retirement and the Bible: Both work and retirement are God-ordained seasons of life. When you retire: remain active, bless others, serve, give, and attend to the next generation. This can include your family members, neighbors, or society in general. Whatever form this assistance will take in your latter years is between you and God.
Ruth: A Blessed Laborer: Remain faithful to God despite life’s challenges. He is sovereign over every circumstance you will ever experience. Know that God is at work behind the scenes in your life.
Salt & Light in the Workplace: Jesus lived, worked, and ministered in the world, and he calls you to do the same. The workplace is the ripest of mission fields. It is literally within commuting distance from your home and you are there five days a week. Be God’s “salt” and “light” to your co-workers and customers.
Sanctified Ambition: Work hard and excel, but do not to look down on others in the process. Be ambitious for your own success, as well as the success of others. Success in the workplace does not necessarily correlate with success in the whole of life.
Serve the Lord: Serve God with your work while you are building a better life for yourself and your family. Serve him with all faithfulness and not the gods in whose land you are living. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.”
Serving God Full-Time: You do not have to quit your job in order to serve God because you are already serving him full-time with and through your career. Do you want to change the world for Jesus Christ? Then, start with the people who are in the place where you are spending most of your time—your workplace.
Solomon’s Success Story: This is Solomon’s final message to those who would follow him, “Fear God and keep his commandments.” Above all else, this is what the most successful man in the world wants you to remember.
Spirit-Filled Work: Can the Holy Spirit help you with your everyday job? The short answer is “yes.” He will do it to accomplish his purposes, to his glory, and for the common good of all. Embrace the Holy Spirit’s presence throughout the work day. Seek his guidance.
The Believer’s Sifting: To “sift you as wheat” is a metaphor for a trial of faith. When God sifts you through a post-salvation trial, you become like good wheat: cleaner, more valuable, and ready for use. Use God’s sifting to make you more like Jesus. Every Christian can trust in the intercessory power of Jesus Christ.
The Blessed Life: Do what Jesus says in the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-10. Embrace his eight beatitudes, and you will experience a blessed and happy life.
The Generous Worker: Generous people are free of smallness; they are magnanimous and not petty. Be generous and share your time, skills, and resources with others. Sow and you will reap.
The Golden Rule: The Golden Rule is labeled “golden” because of its great value. It is applied Christianity for us, as well as, a universally admired life principle for others. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
The Keys to God’s Blessings: Fear the Lord and walk in his ways” and you will eat the fruit of your labor. God is worthy of your highest respect. He wants to be first place in your life and second to no one. Obey his Word and blessings and prosperity will be yours.
The Leader Who Empowers: The best leaders teach the teachable, and then send them out to become leaders themselves. If God has blessed you with the ability to lead, use your gift to empower others.
The Office Enemy: Christians are not “eye for eye” people. Love your office enemy the same way Jesus loves your office enemy. Do your job, do it well, and pray for your enemies.
The Problem with Self-Esteem: God does not want you to get hurt by putting too much stock in manufactured self-esteem or man-centered self-inflation. God opposes the proud.
The Purpose of Life: The purpose of life is to glorify God. This is why you were born. The truly successful person knows God, obeys God, and glorifies him in every realm of life. Success in just one area of life; i.e., career, does not equate to success in every area of life.
The Secret of Being Content: The secret of being content is not a program, or a philosophy, and it has nothing to do with your material possessions. The secret is him.” Jesus Christ is the secret of being content.” With Jesus’ help you can be content in every season of life.
The Servant Leader: Jesus is the embodiment of personal greatness and the world’s most successful Servant Leader. He came to serve and not be served. Servant leaders bring out the best in others. They build the people who build the organization.
The Silent Christian: Telling a workplace friend how Jesus Christ changed your life for the better is nothing to be feared. Jesus is the best news on the planet. Getting along with others in the workplace does not have to be at the expense of your Christian faith.
The Sluggard: Sluggards are lazy and they make excuses for not working. The sluggard’s life is characterized by failure rather than success, poverty rather than abundance. Whatever the sluggard does, do the opposite.
The Spirit of Edification: Christians are endowed with the spirit of edification—this is our nature in Jesus Christ. Affirm what is good in your employer and co-workers; support what is right and productive. Bring out the best in others. Do construction not destruction.
The Yielded Life: Jesus was perfectly obedient to his Father and his life was a yielded life. Just as Jesus yielded to his Father, you can yield to Jesus. The yielded life produced good results for Jesus and it will produce good results for you.
Today’s Goliaths: There are some in the workplace who will bring a fight to you. You and your Lord Jesus Christ are the targets. Don’t stoop to their low tactics. Face your Goliath God’s way and expect a victory.
Toil, Thorns & Sweat: The post-Eden, work-related effects of original sin are still active today. Your on-the-job trials are the contemporary manifestations of the “painful toil … thorns and thistles … sweat” declared in Genesis 3. Sin is why jobs are stressful, why organizations falter, and why people experience conflict. Sin is the problem and Jesus Christ is the only solution.
Trials as Training: On-the-job trials are like training sessions. You pay a price; they have a beginning and an end; and you are a better person for having completed the course. Don’t waste your next trial by merely coping or complaining. Magnify God and not the trial.
Two Facts about Your Trials: Your obedience to God may result in an immediate trial with the world. But, in the end, God will be there when you turn and call to him. In times of trial, maintain your resolve, and don’t second guess your faithfulness.
Two Success Principles: You can’t always choose your co-workers, but you can choose who you seek out and befriend in the workplace. Associate with productive people of good character. Staying true to God’s Word will always bring the best results. Obedience to God is never a mistake.
Walk with the Wise: You will grow wise with the right friends and suffer harm with the wrong friends. Your friends will impact your success. Choose them wisely.
Who Are You Becoming: Achievement and being the best you can be are valid issues for every worker, but the person you become along the way is much more important. Become more like Jesus by manifesting these nine qualities of the “fruit of the Spirit”: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Why Was Jesus a Carpenter?: Jesus was a carpenter by trade. He learned a skill and worked just like the others in his community. Jesus picked up tools and made things. In doing this he validated the dignity of work and the workers who do it. Jesus worked as an example for you to follow.
Wisdom Has Good Things to Say: God’s wisdom is “worthy … right … true … just … precious.” Nothing can compare with her. She yields riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
Wisdom for the Worker: Wisdom is the ability to judge correctly. The best wisdom comes from heaven. It has God as its author; it carries God’s point of view; and it never fails. Your wisdom is the extension of your knowledge; your knowledge is only potential power until you put it to wise use. God’s wisdom will always point you in the right direction.
Wolves at Work: There are some in the workplace who are actively anti-Christian. They have little use for Jesus Christ and, as one of his people, little use for you. Take the high road when responding to them and do not mimic their destructive behavior.
Work as Ministry: All Christians are ministers of the Gospel serving the same God in a variety of ways and in a variety of places. Working Christians are ministers of the Gospel at their places of employment. The true value of your work is not a matter of just dollars and cents.
Working to Give: Would you rather be known as a giver or a taker? Givers are appreciated and sought after. They are synergistic. Givers build organizations and contribute to the success of the people around them. Who wants to work with someone who only takes?
Your Work is Your Witness: One way to witness to your co-workers is through your exemplary work ethic and the excellence of your job performance. Your good work exalts Christ and his teachings—it is a real and active Christian witness to others.
Zacchaeus’ Salvation Story: Everyone needs Christ, and he can always be found by those who seek him. Do not expect the world to affirm your salvation or your Savior. We Christians are instruments for God’s noble purposes.