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How do I get a good job for making more money?
Thank you for your question about getting a job. Seeking work is a very admirable thing. In many places the Bible tells us that work is a good thing and is right for those who love the Lord to do. The Bible speaks of idleness as a very bad thing and classes those who do not work as denying the faith. For those who do work, the Bible says to have a good work ethic; to not only work well, but to work to the very best of our ability. These verses below are the ones that talk about working.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men (Colossians 3:23)
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
"In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’" (Acts 20:35)
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labour we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. (2 Thessalonians 3:6-9)
Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12)
Also the Bible talks about not letting things replace God in your life. It tells us that God needs to be the centre of our life. We should be working to live not living to work. If you are giving more time to work than you are to God, then work has become your god and this is where the Bible is very clear.
"You shall have no other gods before me". (Exodus 20:3)
"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money". (Matthew 6:24)
On the subject of money the Bible speaks clearly. First the Bible speaks of the love of money. It specifically says the love of money is evil, in fact it says it is the root of all evil. These verses tell us this:
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. (1 Timothy 6:10)
The Bible also speaks about the care of finances. It tells us that we are just stewards of money and not owners. Our finances belong to God and as such we should be good stewards, we need to handle our finances well, making sure we give to God what is owed to Him, in a way that is honourable. We also need to be content with what we have.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice. (Psalm 112:5)
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?" (Luke 14:28)
And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions". (Luke 12:42-44)
Here we see that as Christians, we have an obligation to work for those who can. We cannot sit idly by and live off the work of others if we are fit and healthy to earn ourselves. We also need to be careful to keep God the centre of our lives. If our work or money is becoming more important to us than God, then we need to take a step back and seek God’s will. Money in today’s society is seen as a good thing and it’s something that everyone wants, we need God to be who we want more in our lives than anything or anyone else. We need to seek work, but if it is just to get lots of money, then we need to check our heart and find out who our God is. We should work to live for God, not live to work. This is what the Bible tells us and this is what we need to do.
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