Before I discuss this question, I must admit at a church I attended in the summer of 2015 had an incredible (and indelible) sermon series. It was right on target for my career situation, both then and now.
Overall, it discussed the truth of work and keeping away from having too ambitious of an attitude toward it. In other words, if someone wishes to “change the world,” a hope for such a breakthrough is totally in God’s hands. Thus, the likelihood of such a change tends to be slim. So, we must think in terms of “baby steps,” no matter what our careers entail.
The bottom line is whatever you do, you should do it to God’s glory, and with the spirit of Christian love. This applies to all careers, from truck drivers to doctors. (This does not mean you should deal strictly with Christians, because, likewise, their salvation is personal.)
Fast forward 2 years for the meat and potatoes. While I am (and have been) a Biology major hopeful, I recently thought there was no jobs that fit the bill. Well, things have changed, and things are looking brighter.
That radical change of heart concerned the various positions of cell and molecular biology, the dominant field today. Previously, I was cynical toward that, since I thought such research was an excuse to prolong life as well as to eradicate certain diseases, and hence make the world more “worldly.” (Of course, on earth, just because we cure everything that exists doesn’t make death any less inevitable.)
But the good side of such scientific progress is that 1) extension of the average life expectancy gives time more for better Gospel reception 2) it won’t make anything more “sacred” to target the “worldliness” mentioned above; of course, this earth is worldly by definition, and people may or may not receive the Gospel (this depends on God’s will) 3) Over the past few centuries we have made great strides, so why stop them now? Such serious diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are apparently far more formidable than such ailments like polio, measles, etc., which can be addressed by certain vaccines and similar barriers. Not to mention, all this is done for the good of people like me and you, as Phil 2:3, 4 advocates, whether as a true biologist, a biology technician, or similar occupation.
So, should I pursue such a career? Well, in any case, the Bible is the central source of wisdom for Christians, and that is my guide. Prayer is welcome as well, from wherever your neck of the woods may be.
No matter what your job is, as long as it is done to God’s glory, renders work as worship. AMEN