Can we pursue our own dreams while also obeying God? Or do we need to give up our dreams in order to follow what Jesus is really calling us to?
Should I pursue my dream? Or should I pursue obedience? It’s a question a lot of Christians face when thinking about career options or career changes. And today it comes to us from a listener to the podcast named Josh. “Hi, Pastor John, and thank you for the Ask Pastor John podcast. Recently, I’ve been thinking of a career change. I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts that talk about creating your ‘dream job’ or simply call us to ‘follow your heart.’ Some of these podcasts are even hosted by Christians. I don’t want to get caught up in pursuing the ‘American Dream’ of being successful, making more, working less, and achieving my ‘full potential,’ especially if all of it is from a heart of earthly gain. But I also don’t want to ignore what I believe are God-given passions and talents in my life — or are they? — that would simultaneously give me a significant pay raise and lifestyle improvement. Is there a difference between pursuing our dreams and being obedient with the gifts and passions God has given us? Or are those the same thing?”