The Christian and employment
Hope in a failing economy
The purpose of this lens is to give the unemployed hope toward finding employment because the Lord is concerned about needs being met. Philippians 4:19 declares and my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. When we look at our economy today it can be very discouraging because so many have lost jobs and unable to find anything else.
Men and women graduate from college expecting to receive good paying jobs only to discover they don't have the experience needed for most jobs. So they end up with minimum wage jobs until something opens if ever. In Genesis 3:17-19 we read and unto Adam he said because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee saying thou shalt not eat of it; Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground. When God placed man in the garden, he was given the command to dress and keep it (Gen. 2:15). This was an easy task because God never will ask from someone something that he has not given them the power and ability to do. Because of disobedience man was separated from God because of sin which now makes what should have been easy work complicated.
4 Facts about employment from God's perspective
Work was instituted by God
Work was not intended to be complicated
Work became complicated because of sin
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread (Genesis 3:19)
God promises to meet our needs according to his riches in glory if we trust him
Making a giving not a living
Let him that stole steal no more but rather working with his hands the thing which is good that he may have to give to him that needs (Ephesians 4:28).
Notice the true purpose for work is to first of all have to give to those in need. The average person believes that work is first of all to provide for ones self and family, but God always wants to be first in a persons life (Matthew 6:33) and his character is that of a giver. Giving sets in order a cycle which perpetuates a continuous flow of provision through others.
Luke 6:38 says to give and it shall be given unto you good measure pressed down and shaken together and running over shall "men give into your bosom". This is not to say that we don't provide for our own through work, but it says that God has a higher purpose. It would be great if a family could arrive at the place where they could pay every bill and have more than enough left over to give.
3 keys that will make work enjoyable
Find a job that is compatable with your gift, talent and ability
Many people are in a dead end job because they may be focusing on the pay instead of what they love.They may even be living out the dreams of their parents when in reality its not in their heart to do what is being done. A person can ask themselves what is it they would do if money was not an issue. Time also doesn't become an issue if a person is doing what they love. To look at a clock the entire work day wondering when is the shift going to end may mean one is in the wrong job. (smile)
Jesus had a trade job
Mark 6 says that Jesus was known as the carpenter in Nazareth. This shows that practically speaking he believed in work from a creative stand point. Spiritually he builds lives and his ministry dictates him saying in Matthew 16:18 that he was going to build his church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Psalm 127:1a declares except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it. To find a trade job that one has a desire and motivation for is a good thing.
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13-14)
Matthew 11:28 says that Jesus said to come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. This rest is not only for the soul of mankind which is the mind will and emotions, but also rest from toiling brought about by the curse of sin.This started in the garden when Adam was told by God that the ground was cursed for his sake. Nails were placed in Jesus hands and blood was shed so that whatever a man would place his hands to would be blessed. ( See Psalm 1 and Joshua 1:8)
But if any provide not for his own and specially for those of his own house hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.
God is concerned about provision for one's house and because of this fact it would be unjust for him not to supply employment when he strongly states one must provide for their house. God's word is true and can be relied upon but one must do their part. Many refuse to take a job of lesser pay and remain unemployed and lose everything ,when one should remember that a lesser job may only be for awhile, until something more that is desired comes along. The unemployed can trust God to help them.
My aim is to help those who may be unemployed. If anyone can give helpful advice or job information please feel free to post it on this lens for the unemployed or anyone searching for a new job. Thank You!