During my days as a Computer Engineering student in my undergrad, I struggled with the idea of how to use my gifts for the glory of God. This career seemed like a far cry from the holy office of being a pastor or the humbling life of serving as a missionary to African orphans. Of course, I planned to give a generous portion of my healthy salary to the local Church, but I wanted to utilize my gifts directly for Him.
I actually found a few fun ways of turning code into references of Scripture. My favorite is the 1 Thessalonians 5:17 C++ code seen below and posted in my programming lab.
While fun to be creative, it did little to benefit God’s people and Kingdom.
How can I program like Jesus?
Code With Integrity
I know a lot of programmers that love the coding life. Wake up at 11AM, write some code till noon, play XBox 360 for 3 hours, program til 6PM, and then bill the client for 8 hours of work. The greed behind these actions do not reflect the love of Christ and if found out, you could lose the respect from friends and clients.
Free Services To Churches & Christian Organizations
Churches and non-profits typically do not have budgets to pay for custom programs, macros, or web plugins that can streamline processes and in the end save money. Thus, I would offer my services to them for free and simply ask that they be okay with a delayed time of completion as some paid projects may take higher priority.
Do Not Steal
If you are writing code in a popular programming language, most likelypart, if not all, of the code has been imagined and written before. It may just have a different dataset and display of the content. If fact, I have been able to reverse engineer numerous programs to learn how people would do certain functions. We could lie and steal the code while making a quick buck. I might even “justify” it by giving the client a discount. But in the end, we have truly sinned and dishonored God.
Do you have any creative ways to write code like my pray without ceasing?
How do you use your unique gifts to honor God?