This often asked question has been known to elicit different responses over the years. Some speak with fervor about what they are so passionate about and where they desire to be. Others contain themselves and mise their words, for fear the universe might hear it and deny them of what they want the most. Others still, just shake their heads, not having a clue what direction their future lies.
There are two words that should stay resonant with us as we map out our paths to the future.
Faith and Faithfulness.
Faith gives us the mindset, the orientation and the expectation to propel us on our journey towards our career goals. So many verses in the Word highlight the importance of having an attitude of faith in life.
Proverbs 23:7 – For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
Matthew 21:22 – And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Deuteronomy 28:13 – And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them
In the King James Version of the bible, faith is mentioned 245 times in the new testament. This should highlight how important it is to exercise an attitude of faith. Be your own cheerleader and believe that you have greatness inside of you, and that you are blessed and highly favored. Walk and work in the awareness that greater is He that is within you, than he who is in the world. Be your own prophet and profess success into your future, and watch it come to pass.
However, the product of your faith could be almost impossible to achieve without faithfulness. A great illustration of faithfulness is found in Daniel’s story in the old testament.
Daniel 1:20 – In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
Faithfulness makes you eligible to receive your victory. You have read all necessary materials and taken all the important certifications. You are a trusted steward for your team, and enthusiastically execute new assignments. Your reputation as a hard-worker is unimpeachable and you remain focused even when not being supervised. You go the extra mile and are not satisfied with an ‘acceptable’ level of job performance. Prior to the verse stated above, Daniel had already begun to set himself apart by being faithful to his beliefs and insisting on not eating the king’s food or drink. In the same vein, you stay away from acts that will steer you off the course of your walk with God, even in the face of pressure from colleagues.
A combination of these attitudes will allow great testimonies to be unleashed upon you. Joseph’s faith in God combined with his faithfulness at his duties allowed him to be put in charge of a land that was not even native to him. Daniel’s faith in God and his faithfulness in his walk with God allowed him be delivered from the lion’s den. Abraham’s faith in God and his faithfulness in following God’s instructions had him not only father a child in his old age, but also receive the promise of innumerable descendants. And guess what?
You developing the same qualities can put you in a position for similarly wonderful testimonies in your career.
In addition, here are some other points we can apply from the Word to our lives to guide us into success in our endeavors.
BIBLICALLY INSPIRED TIPS FOR CAREER SUCCESS
- And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17
God is your boss – Keeping in mind that your job is not your true source, but God is, helps to maintain the highest standards of excellence. You are less prone to taking shortcuts or delivering subpar work when you realize that God is ultimately who you report to.
- Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. – Proverbs 22:29
Be diligent – This distinguishes you and sets you apart as a highly reliable person. As people observe your diligence, they associate that trait with you and before long your reputation will precede you.
- And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. – 1 John 5:14
Be prayerful – Freely approach God in prayer for all your concerns and critical decisions. Before complaining about anything to anyone, reach out to your heavenly father first. Talk to Him like you would talk to a friend or a spouse. Confide in Him, for He is the one that can truly deliver.
- Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,14 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. – Ephesians 6:12-14
There will be times where things don’t seem like they are going as they should. You’ve done all you can, but you are still not seeing the manifestation of your victory. At those times, you need to stay encouraged and stand firm, knowing that you are more than a conqueror, and you will surely rise again (Proverbs 24:16, Romans 8:37, 1 Samuel 30:6, 2 Timothy 1:12, Ephesians 6: 12-14).
– Yinka Onishemo