“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure, they are and were created”
That’s our purpose- to please the Father. We were created for the pleasure of God. That’s purpose!
Purpose is simply the reason for which we were created. It is that one thing that if you failed at, nothing else you succeed at would count.
No career can be your ultimate purpose. They can only be platforms for the fulfilment of purpose.
Was Adam’s purpose in life to be a gardener? No! That’s petty. Adam fulfilled purpose in his fellowship with God. But Adam’s purpose on earth gave rise to an assignment. As a man, he needed to survive and so, he had to tend the garden.
Purpose gives rise to an assignment. Purpose is not assignment. What is that pleasure of God for which we are created?
The bible says that God chose us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, ACCORDING TO THE GOOD PLEASURE OF HIS WILL (Ephesians 1:4-5).
As simple as this might sound to you, God’s purpose for your life is that you have faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, grow in the knowledge of him, and help others do the same.
At the judgment seat of Christ, you are not going to be asked how much money you made or even what career you chose.
The reason is simple- your career is not your purpose. However, your career helps ensure that your natural needs are met so that you are not distracted from true purpose. How then do you choose a career?
From scriptures, God appears to be indifferent about what work we do in particular. He is definitely particular about us not being lazy (1 Thess 4:11-12), about us being able to fend for our families (1 Tim 5:8), about us remembering the poor (1 Tim 6:16-17), and our giving to the spread of the gospel (2 Cor 9:1-8).
Whatever legal and decent approach you take with these guidelines in mind is fine with God.
What are you good at? What are the needs in your environment? What can empower you economically? Simple questions like these come in handy. “In all labour, there is profit…” (Proverbs 14:23).
It is your duty to be as effective as you can career-wise so that you won’t be distracted from your true purpose in life.
Can a Christian be led to follow a particular career path? Absolutely. However, if no specific leading comes, you need not sit idle. Where there is no specific leading, we must always take the most responsible step.