What Does The Bible *REALLY* Say About Work, Career, Professional Calling?

Published November 26, 2017 by First Methodist Carrollton in 


  • Have any of you ever had questions about what the Bible has to say about career choice or working in a profession?
  • What do you think the Bible has to say about work/career/vocation?

Related Scriptures:

  • Colossians 3:23
    • “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”
  • Psalm 90:17
    • “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.”
  • Proverbs 12:11, 24
    • “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.”
    • “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
  • Proverbs 13:4
    • “A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”
  • 1 Timothy 5:8
    • “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
  • Proverbs 31:10-29
    • “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
      Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
      She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
      She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
      She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
      She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
      She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
      She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
      She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
      In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
      She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
      When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
      She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
      Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
      She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
      She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
      She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
      She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
      Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
      ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.'”
  • Jeremiah 29:11-13
    • “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart…'”
  • 2 Timothy 2:6
    • “The hardworking farmer should be first to receive a share of the crops.”
  • Titus 2:7-8
    • “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
  • Proverbs 16:3
    • “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.”
  • 1 Chronicles 22:15-16
    • “You have many workers: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as those skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron – craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you.”
  • Ecclesiastes 2:24; 3:12-13
    • “A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God…”
    • “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil – this is the gift of God.”
  • Ecclesiastes 6:7
    • “Everyone’s toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied”
  • Ephesians 4:11-16
    • “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
  • Colossians 3:17, 23-24
    • “And 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.”
    • “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.”
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10
    • “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
  • Matthew 6:34
    • “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
  • Revelation 3:7b (On Opportunities)
    • “…What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.”
  • Proverbs 20:18
    • “Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.”
  • Ecclesiastes 5:10
    • “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.”
  • Proverbs 24:27
    • “Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.”
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
    • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
  • Psalm 32:8
    • “I will instruct you and teach you in the way your should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
  • Proverbs 19:21
    • “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
  • Joshua 1:8
    • “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
  • Jeremiah 17:7
    • “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
    • “And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: you should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
  • Proverbs 22:29
    • “Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.”

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