He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.' Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
Careerism is devotion to a successful career, often at the expense of one's ethics, family or just about anything that might stand in the way of advancement.
Whether the career-person's ultimate desire is wealth, fame, power, position or a deep-seeded need for approval, the top goal remains notoriety.
Careerism and a love for God don't mix. Both are passions, but from different sides.
Before Christ, I was married to my job. I'm ashamed to admit AMTC came before my husband, kids and all else. At the time, I didn't see it that way. I don't think I sacrificed my ethics, but I did lose peace, friends and my marriage.
At best, careerism is a detour on the path to Christ. At worst, it's a road block. Consider:
1) The world applauds workplace supremacy. It says to reach it, give and take your all. Therein, the Lord's talents are multiplied to glorify the servant, not the Boss.*
2) Before He became a full-time Preacher, Jesus worked as a humble Carpenter. Most of His disciples were fisherman. God's work (and not their own) would define them.
Conclusion: If the Lord's not in charge, we build in vain. God must remain our first Love--not business.
## Gotcha's Detours: Careerism (Part 43)
* Certain big-businessmen (like Truett and Dan Cathy of Chick-Fil-A) have achieved great worldly success, even while affirming Jesus as their Boss. I stand in awe of Christians who can win big and remain true to their faith. That being said, I believe such people are rare. Careerism is a temptation that traps many sky-scraping professionals.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.