God the Carpenter

At some point in your life someone probably asked you this question, “So, what are you going to do with your life?” When asking this question, he or she is generally referring to your career. They are not asking how are you going to contribute to making the world a better place, spreading the Gospel, or serving others. Our career has become our identity. Whether we are a doctor or a lawyer determines our status in life. Our salary determines our lifestyle.

There is nothing wrong with having wealth or a prestigious job. The problem is when our career becomes our “calling” in life or we have a job simply because it is attached to a six digit salary. Our calling as Christians was never to simply be a teacher, salesman, or construction worker. Our calling is to do whatever we do while telling people about Jesus, and loving and serving others. Our careers are outlets for our true purpose in life. It DOES NOT matter what you do with your life as long as you are doing it FOR your calling and not AS your calling.

Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

The ultimate example of a life completely undefined by his or her career is none other than Jesus himself. Until Jesus began his three year ministry, he was a carpenter. God humbled himself to become a carpenter. The hands that made the world were not above working with a hammer and wood. Who are we to think that our career defines us, when it didn’t define God? If God can still be God and be a carpenter, then I can pick trash up off the street for a career and know that it does not define me.

Finally, God gives us talents, passions, and interests for a reason. If you love to teach, don’t be a doctor because they have a higher salary. If you want to be doctor, don’t be a lawyer because your family says so. If you want to pick up trash off the street do not let your pride say you are better than that. No job is too small and no career is too important. It is such a relief to me to know that whatever I may end up doing as my career will not define me.  I will fulfill my calling no matter where I am or what I am doing.

P.S. I chose this picture because as of right now I want to be a goat farmer…