Are you climbing up a ladder or swimming in the sea?

Jobs.co.uk. Indeed.co.uk. CV-Library.co.uk.

Sites like these illustrate a modern idea.

The idea that if I don’t like my job, or fancy a change, I’ll get another one.

Most people in the world do the job their family has done for generations; or any job they can find. It was the same in the UK until a few generations ago.

By contrast, an average UK employee will now change jobs every three to five years.

What should we make of this?

The Ladder

There’s an obvious problem here.

Every culture fills the god-shaped hole at its core with some false god. We put a lot of hope in the career god to fill the void.

Our constant job-hopping exposes a belief that the next job will bring us closer to satisfying our discontented hearts.

But Christians shouldn’t be fooled. The career ladder doesn’t lead where we think. As Author Jack Higgins points out, “when you get to the top, there’s nothing there.”

The next rung isn’t what our hearts need. We need Christ. In him, we could stay in the same job or even take a pay cut and still be content (Philippians 4:11).

The Sea

Nevertheless, having access to thousands of job opportunities is a good thing we can be grateful for and benefit from.

Being content in Christ transforms how we approach this vast sea of opportunity. You’re free to swim in the sea (Galatians 5:1). But you don’t have to.  

But doesn’t freely swimming in the sea sound better than slavishly climbing a ladder?

A new opportunity may not be necessary, but it may be something we enjoy more. We aren’t entitled to job satisfaction; but God gives good gifts. This may be one.

Test your heart. Why do you want a change?