Chapter 3

Is It Time to Move On?

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Matthew 17:17: Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse
generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you
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1. When making a decision about a move or a job change, it is comforting to know ... (Psalm 37:23a)
 

2. It is not unusual for God to call us to make a career change – even one that might take us on the road or to a new town.  What were the following people doing, when God invited them to accept a new job?
  a) Moses:
  b) Gideon: (Judges 6:11-14)
  c) Simon Peter & Andrew: (Matt. 4:18-20)
  d) James & John: (Matt. 4:21-22)
  e) Matthew: (Matt. 9:9)
  f) Paul (Acts 9:1-6)

3. What did Jesus do throughout the entire night, the night before he selected the 12 disciples? (Luke 6:12-13)
 
  What should we do, before we make a life-changing decision? (Psalm 119:148)
 

4. What should be our work ethic in the current job, while we are seeking the Lord about a job change? (Eccl. 9:10)
 

5. We may discover a number of opportunities to inquire about, and then they don’t work out.  Don’t be discouraged because, according to Revelations 3:7, “He that
  , and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man
  ."
  In other words, God shuts the wrong doors and opens the right doors for those who believe and trust in Him with all their hearts.  When we are willing to not get in a big hurry and just wait on Him, He will direct us down the right path in His perfect timing.

6. Most of us ask about the paycheck first, before we consider other aspects of a job offer.  But actually, we should ignore the temptation to quickly grab the job that makes the most money.  In Luke 9:25, Jesus said,
 

7. According to Proverbs 24:27a, when we know a career or location change will come soon, we should
 
  In other words, get your life and belongings organized in preparation for the change.

8. Every one of us has a God-given calling and purpose to fulfill before we leave this earth. What a shame it would be to spend most of our lives doing a job that doesn’t utilize our gifts at all? We must seek God’s confirmation of our gifts and lean on the Holy Spirit to direct us in the application of the gifts in our careers.  “ … If any man minister, let him do it as of the
  which God giveth: that God in all things may be
 
  through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever (1 Peter 4:11).

9. According to Proverbs 20:18, it is important for us to seek
  and gain insight and wisdom from mentors who are believers, especially those who have experience in the areas in which we have a strong interest.

10. Our society defines successful people as those with a good education, secure job, and plenty of money.  However, the Bible says that successful people are those who serve God first, are of service to other people, provide for family needs, and are at peace. Believers can tell if they are out of His priority system in their job by asking a few questions.
  • Is my personal relationship or time with the Lord affected by the job?
  • Am I unable to provide adequately for my family or spend quality time with them?
  • Am I always stressed out at work, and come home exhausted from the tension?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, what should a believer consider doing?

 
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