Good News: Robert Guyton’s Story
Our Editor Al continues his series here on WitnessLA called “Good News”. God loves us deeply, and He wants to show Himself to be good in our everyday lives. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with bad news, the articles in this series are meant to highlight God’s goodness in the lives of everyday people.
In this next interview, Robert Guyton shares about how making a decision to obey God opened the door for professional advancement and financial increase in his life.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” (James 4:8)
Describe your situation prior to the breakthrough in your career:
I graduated from college in 2009 with a degree in engineering. At the time I was not serving in any capacity at my church. After a few interviews and getting down to the my last I landed a job at an engineering company. I should have been happy, right? I was for a time, but the position I took wasn’t putting my degree to use. Also, I was only making a fraction of the pay I could have been making if I were working in my field. Yes, I had a job and I was thankful to God for it, but I just felt like I was floating through the days, weeks, and months because the work I was doing was not fulfilling and I wasn’t getting the pay I wanted. All the while God was gently nudging me to serve at my church.
Tell us about your breakthrough:
After a while of saying “No” to God when He was leading me to serve in church, my church announced that there would be a sort of Helps Ministry Fair, where each of the departments in my church would have a table in our Youth Center to discuss what they did to serve in church. It was basically to get people like me involved in serving. I went, and that’s when things started to change. God is a God of order an He showed that to me. God showed me that when you take steps to Him, He takes steps to you. I began to pursue joining the Helps Ministry at my church, specifically the Youth Department. At my church you can’t just on a whim join a department to serve, there is a process and an order. In order to serve in the Youth department I had to first take a set of classes before church service each week for about a month. The classes were designed to train people how to serve. I took them. Next I had to have a background check done (since I was working with children). I had to get fingerprinted; the whole works. Then I had to interview with the man who I currently serve under in the Youth Department, and get a youth worker badge. As I took these steps to join the Youth Department I saw God open up doors, windows, and the works to place me in the job I do today. Out of the blue a manager asked me to come to his office to discuss a job opportunity making about $14,000 more than the position I was working, plus medical benefits and a 401k! What’s a 401k? I didn’t care, I was just happy I was getting one. At the time I had no idea I was even being interviewed! He offered me the job. Just like joining the Youth Department to serve there was a process at work to get into the new position. I had to fill out the paperwork, send my office a copy of my diploma, the works. And God lined up my progress in getting into that position with my progress in joining the Youth department. Every step I took towards joining the Youth Department at church literally corresponded to progress in getting into my new position at work, culminating with me getting my new position at work. My current economic position is now excellent. All my needs are met AND I have surplus. I don’t have to think about how much my lunch costs, or how much the price of gas is this week, or when my bills need to strategically be paid during the month — all my bills are paid!
What have you learned about God through this experience?
I learned that when You draw near to God, He draws near to You. When you seek Him, what you need is taken care of. When you finally accept and say “Yes” to His purpose for you, He opens the doors.
What do you have to say to those who are struggling financially and can’t find a good job?
I would say (1) be obedient to God and do the work He has called you to, in whatever capacity it is (2) Make sure you are giving your tithes and offerings — if you get a dollar, give God that dime that belongs to him (3) Give offerings to God — For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. I purposed in my heart to always match my tithe with my offering, but give as you purpose in your heart to do. (4) Read “How Faith Works” by Apostle Price — I wish I had read it sooner. (5) Don’t lose heart, keep filling-out job applications, keep interviewing, keep tailoring your resumes to the jobs you want, and keep pressing forward. Be encouraged and be blessed.