Why God Doesn’t Want Careers To Be More Important Than Family

Why God doesn't want careers to be more important than family
Many people nowadays are so driven by their careers. They work non-stop and put all things aside to make enough room for their work schedules, leaving out time with the family, the kid’s sports matches and interest in family life because they’re too busy with work.
Why God doesn't want careers to be more important than family
Sound familiar? I’m sure many people will probably know what I’m talking about. I once read an article where someone argued that career must come before family because career is more than a job, it’s God’s call for our lives.
And I get it. We aren’t just doctors, engineers, business executives or managers for the sake of money. We do it for the glory of God. But is our job really who we are? Do our careers heavily determine God’s call for our lives and maybe even the reason why we live?
It’s a question of loyalty, for us, the chief indicator is time. Ours is tested by what we put on our calendars. Where you spend your time is an indication of where your loyalties lie. In effect, you pledge your allegiance to the person or thing that receives your time.
Pastor Steve Murrell says in his book “My First, Second and Third Attempts at Parenting” that our jobs are not who we are. It is only what we do. Before we are seafarers, pastors, entrepreneurs and lawyers, we are first followers of Jesus, and then we are husbands and wives to our spouses and parents to our children. Only after those are we our professions. Our vocation is not our highest calling, but just fourth in line next to the three most important relationships — our relationship with God, with our spouse and with our children.
Why God doesn't want careers to be more important than family
Our call in life is not only to be professionals. We are called to value relationships and God has called us first to value family. Proverbs 11:29 says, “Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.”
Let’s face it. One day you will come home from the office for the last time. Nobody retires from his or her family to spend his or her final days in the office. Your last day may be at sixty-five when you retire or at thirty-five when you are laid off. Either way, you are coming home. What and who you come home to will be determined by what and who you choose to cheat between now and then.
Why God doesn't want careers to be more important than family
Imagine you are on your death bed breathing your last breath. At that moment we will not be looking for our business partners to be around us. We won’t care if we’re in the best hospital or a ward unity. We won’t even care how successful we got, how much money we made or what we built with our time on earth.
Why God doesn't want careers to be more important than family
What we will desire most is to be surrounded by family and friends. Relationships are what matter most at the end of the day, and the most important relationships God has ordained us to keep and nurture are the relationships we have with our family.
God is a God of relationships and He values our families more than the companies, buildings and monuments we can build even if it were done in His glory.
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