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Choosing A Career

Choosing a career is one of the most important issues in the life of a young man. It is no light matter deciding what may be your calling for life, and the whole course of one's life may be affected for good or ill by it. Such an important matter should be the subject of much prayer.

Naturally, parents desire their sons to make good in life, and often, no expense or effort is spared to this end. In these days every provision is made for young men of the right standard to advance in the higher education, without which, the best positions seem unobtainable.

In thinking over this matter, it is well to remind young men that as disciples of the Lord, other considerations need to be remembered, and it is pertinent to ask, Why has God saved me? Why did Christ die for me? Surely the answer is plain, that I might be His, to serve Him.

"If any man serve Me, let him follow Me... if any man serve Me, him will the Father honour" (John 12. 26).

To reach the zenith of human ambition and attainment in whatever sphere in this world, is incomparable in honour to that which the Father bestows upon those who in faithfulness serve the Lord Christ.

Know ye not that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? Have you experienced His inward working, His prompting in your heart to yield yourself, spirit, soul, and body in devotion to His will?

Have you seen visions of God, how it is possible for Him to use you in self-surrender, wheresover He wills ?

While considering your career, have you heard the Master's voice:

"The fields are white already unto harvest" (John 4.).

"The harvest is plenteous, but the labourers are few" (Luke 10. 2)?

True, it is written" Your young men shall see visions "but it requires more than seeing, it requires obedience. "Wherefore, ... I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision " says Paul. He changed the bright prospects of earthly fame, counting them as dross, to become a bondservant of Jesus Christ, the highest, and greatest of all careers in this world.

We would now point out some of the dangers besetting the path of those who go forward in higher education. It is not easy for persons with certain temperaments to keep a steady balance, and this is observable generally. The disciple of Christ, however, must cultivate the characteristics of his Master, who was of humble mind, and meek and lowly in heart. There is nothing so belittling to a young man than to be seen disparaging his elders, or endeavouring to instruct such with a sense of superiority, and young men should ponder well such scriptures as Leviticus 19.32; Ephesians 6.2; 1 Timothy 5.1.

Again, in higher education, so-called scriptural instruction is often diametrically opposed to the plain facts and truths of Scripture. It requires a mind and heart fortified with divine truth to withstand these subtle teachings, which stand in the wisdom of men. Alas some have fallen to these wiles of the devil, and it is well for young men choosing a career to consider the word,

"For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?" (Matthew 16.26).

If your choice of a career involves losing your life for God, it is disastrous in the extreme. Better not to have a career at all, and yield yourself to God, rather than choose a career involving a wasted life.

Moreover, we should point out the danger of substituting intellectuality for spirituality. How easy it is for an acute, trained mind to analyse the letter of the word, and present an ordered address without any true spiritual apprehension or power! An intellectual giant may be a spiritual infant, and an uneducated individual a spiritual giant. Whatever human attainments we may have, they can only be of value to God when placed on the altar, subservient to God's Spirit and word.

It has been well said, that it took forty years for Moses to become a " somebody " in the colleges of Egypt, " instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians." Another forty years in God's school to learn he was a "nobody," and the last forty years of his life to learn what God can do with a "nobody," the meekest man in all the earth. Moses, like Paul, forfeited all earthly honours for Christ, and gained eternal honours with Christ (Matthew 17.3).

All are not privileged to devote themselves to the Lord's service in the widest sense, nevertheless, the Lord demands all we are capable of, and careers which take young men away from spheres of usefulness into isolation are to be avoided.

Again, the choice of a career should line up with our Christian profession, and anything of doubtful character should be avoided. We appeal to young disciples to consider before God the profit and loss account in choosing a career.

"And everyone that hath left houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundred fold, and shall inherit eternal life. But many shall be last that are first; and first that are last" (Matthew 19.29, 30).