Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Written by: Alfred Burgess
It’s likely you have a job or a career, but do you have a calling? A job is a task you accomplish to make money. A career is a field of work you get specialized training in, make advancements in, and make more money in over time. A calling is a ministry where you use your spiritual gifting to love people by helping them with their needs.
All Christians have one ultimate calling that never changes, which is to glorify God. However, we all also have specific callings that can change over time. You may get paid to accomplish your specific calling or you may not. The key element in a true Christian calling is that you are using your gifts to help people with their needs.
When we get jobs, careers, and callings confused with one another, we can create a miserable workplace experience. One common problem is that many Christians think a job is bad, a career is better, and a calling is best. Instead, we can view all three of these things as valuable in their proper context. Each serves a different purpose in a Christian’s life.
We become discontent with our jobs when we want it to be a career. We become discontent with our careers when we want it to be a calling. And we sometimes overlook our call when we are not getting paid for it.
Sometimes we are miserable with our job because we want it to be more than a job. If we want to enjoy our workplace more we might need to dial back expectations and accept it for what it is. A job is great to have. A career is great to have. A calling is great to have. In all of these, where is contentment? Contentment can make a job great, a career wonderful, and a calling fulfilling. What does the Bible say about contentment? Read today’s passage.
Thought of the day: How does God want you to be content with where you are today in your job, career, or calling? How can you lean on Him today?
Prayer: God, please help me to be content with the circumstances I have. Amen.