How to Escape the 9-5 & is it Even Biblical?

Most of us have plans of landing that dream job or moving up the corporate ladder to finally get that corner office.  One of the things I prayed before I started my career was that I’ll still be able to serve God in my church regardless of where I work.  For the most part God has answered that prayer. As I got older and advanced in my career, I have been noticing that more and more of my time is being consumed by work and it caused me to think, about escaping the 9-5 and if it’s even biblical?

Now don’t tune me out. I know what the bible says about work.  The bible is pretty clear on this.  In 2 Thessalonians 3:10, it says that if you don’t work then you shouldn’t eat.  What this is talking about is people being lazy and a burden on other in the community.   We can also look at Luke 10:7 and it says that “a worker deserves his wages” so for the time that you put in, you should expect proper compensation in return.  Let’s also include Ecclesiastes 2:24 that says that we should find satisfaction in our work.  And the best example that I can include in this is how God worked and created the world in six days and used the seventh day to rest and reflected on all that he completed. When I think about these four scriptures there is a lot to take away from it regarding work.   Do we have to work 40+ hours a week for our bosses or in our businesses?  Do we even need to put in 12 or more hours a day?  Should we be working 5, 6, or 7 days out of the week?

I’m going to show you but first…

You Deserve Your Pay

In Luke 10:7, a part of that verse says that “a worker deserves his wages” Before someone agrees to do work for anyone or buy something from that person, they first have to agree upon a wage to be paid.  Once they agree then the work begins or the product/money is exchanged. The price for that product or service is set by the person who will be giving it and depending on the skill or demand for the person providing it, the price is set accordingly.   If the person is able to complete the work in 4 hours then that is better for them. They can make enough money to support their life and have other time to serve God in others areas without worrying about how they will feed themselves or their family.

You Deserve To Enjoy Your Work

Now let’s talk about enjoying your work.  Ecclesiastes 2:24 says that we should find satisfaction in our work.  There are too many people who I come across every day who don’t enjoy their work, and dare I say, they hate their job.  They may have started off in their career loving what they are doing but over time the fire and passion may have died out and they no longer enjoy what they do. They feel trapped because they have to stay in it so they can pay their bills and a family to support.  In my opinion this is not the abundant life that Jesus promised us in John 10:10.  This is one aspect of work we should pay special consideration to so that we can feel motivated to do a good job wherever in the work world that we are positioned by God.  There is no better motivation to work than to be doing something that you are passionate about that is also in line with your gifts, skills and unique abilities.  Then it will be easier to get out of bed on a Monday morning and you won’t only be working just to reach the weekend.

You Deserve to Use Your Time Efficiently

Finally, God created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh day. This seventh day of rest is very important for us to do also.  We are to utilize that day to worship God.  We can also use that day to rest and get recharge for the upcoming week ahead.   This seventh day can also be used as a day to thank God for all that you were able to do through the other six days of the week.   One very important takeaway from the creation story that I want to share with you is this.   God created by speaking.  He spoke and then it came to be.  Then the bible said that that was the end work day.  God did what he had to do on that day to create and then didn’t do any more.  So did God work from 9-5 when he created the world?  In my opinion the answer is no.  So why do we work so hard and put in over forty hours a week, twelve hours days (or more) and stay in a job that we are not passionate about?  I do not have an answer to that question.  But I do have a solution to the problem. 

What’s the Solution?

God has placed in us gifts, talents and abilities that we can use to serve him, serve others and we can monetize them in order to support our lives financially.  The challenge is that nobody has taught us how to do this.  Furthermore, hot many of us know how to use our unique God given skills to turn into a business.  We lack the skills, training, mentors and just general knowledge to do this.    If you can identify with anything that I mentioned then I have a solution for you that you can use to pivot out of your full time job (they you may hate) into owning a business that is in line with your skills passions and abilities and use those things to support your family and your life financially. I’ve done some studying in my free time and I came up with a simple guide that can help you determine what your unique gift is and how to turn it into a business.  It’s really easy and you can get started and go from zero dollars to at least five hundred in as little as one month.  And the best part is that you only need to put in about an extra 30 min a day to do it.  

It’s called my One Month Business Challenge.  It’s a free downloadable guide with a checklist that you can follow week by week in order to find your unique gift, find an audience that wants what you have to offer and turn it into a business within one month.  I want to be a blessing to you so if you want to take the challenge you can get the PDF right away by clicking here.  Like I said, I’ve studied these areas and put them into practice in my own life and it works.  Just click here to download the guide and you will be on your way.

Stay blessed.