"So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. Whatever my eyes desired Idid not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 2:9-11)
An individual who is employed outside the home has many challenges and knowing how to juggle all of their responsibilities can become an obstacle. One must evaluate their priorities and decision-making process. Although being employed is a necessary part of survival, a working individual must consider the following:
- Careers are usually based on contracts that are temporary, family relationships are covenants and are eternal. Employers come and go but family and God are with you for the rest of your life.
- A career plays a very small part in a person's identity. A man or woman should not be categorized by what they do but in who they are. Who they are is largely demonstrated through their relationship with God.
God's criteria for success is faithfulness. (Regardless of how the "world" or the American "system" defines success). God is so merciful that He honors not only an individual's efforts, but their intentions. Family members or colleagues may not see the big picture of a Christian's life, but God does.
In addition, a Christian should not be found slandering or gossiping about their employer (see Titus 2:3). However, an employer has no right to ask an employee to lie or deceive in any way. A working man or woman does not owe their employer participation in any activity that is dishonorable. This includes any social occasions marked by lewd conversations and sinful behavior.
While an employee owes their employer an honest day's work, they do not owe all of their time and energy. This leaves a person, at the end of the workday, with nothing to give to their family members when they return home. God created and expects a balanced lifestyle with family, home, and the workplace. Priorities should be firmly established according to His divine order.