How does this change the decisions we make about career. A friend of mine (who has only been a Christian a year) had a choice. A job with more money and fantastic career prospects, but that required a move or stay where he is on less money but around a church fmaily he has just settled into and more time to get involved with his church family (and probably less liklihood of being lured away from his faith by the pursuit of a career. An hour before he made his decision he stumbled across this passage:
4 I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks and planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. 6 I made reservoirs to water groves of flourishing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves and had other slaves who were born in my house. I also owned more herds and flocks than anyone in Jerusalem before me. 8 I amassed silver and gold for myself, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I acquired men and women singers, and a harem [a] as well—the delights of the heart of man. 9 I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.
10 I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my work,
and this was the reward for all my labor.
11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
nothing was gained under the sun.
He decided life was not about money and pleasure but about Jesus and he thought he could do that best for now with less money and surrounded by people who encourage him to live for Jesus. What would you choose?