Did I CHOOSE the wrong profession?

If we are obedient to God, do we really have a choice in life’s big decisions?  I’m not necessarily asking the question in a deep, theological sense.  Although, we could discuss this one for hours.  I’m really asking it for practical purposes.

Yesterday, I had a great conversation with a VERY successful Christian businessman.  The context of our conversation was around business, success, and money.  He shared the goal of making $1 million dollars a year.  I told him that as a pastor, I would never make that kind of money.  He told me that I chose the wrong profession.  I don’t think he was saying that I chose the wrong profession for me.  I think he was saying that if I wanted to make a million dollars annually, that I chose the wrong profession.

So that led me to thinking (and maybe this is a deep, theological question).  I really didn’t choose to be a pastor.  God chose me. When I prayed that prayer, “Anywhere, Anytime, Anything”, I surrendered my life to God’s will and calling.

In the early years of my Christian walk, I memorized approximately 500 Bible verses/passages.  And these truths from God’s word have shaped my life and decisions.  They have also been the foundation of my prayer life.  Most of my “prayer circles” are based on a promise from God’s word.  I try to pray Scripture which helps me know God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.

So, when I make big decisions or small ones, I run them through the grid of God’s word in my mind and heart.  Right after I graduated from college (21 years old), I was questioning my decision to go into full-time ministry.  And after MUCH council during my prayer time one morning, God spoke John 15:16 to me.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”  John 15:16

Did I choose to be a pastor or did God choose me?  Whatever the case, I think I made the right choice.  🙂

And I would say the same goes for you.  If you’ve committed to live your life according to God’s word, there are many things in life that you really do not have a choice.  That is if you are truly being obedient to God and His word.

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  1. God does not call us to be successful, God calls us for Him to be glorified. Success is a by-product of connection. It’s not my fruit – it’s Gods. I’m just a branch and He is the vine. When we become impressed with ourselves we become less of a conduit of God’s blessing and glory,

    As to profession – well if I’m connected I will always be doing the right thing, whatever that is.

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