The jobless rate, I’m becoming convinced, is due more to the general ineptitude of the American worker rather than the economic inability of employers or even government interference.
Young men, a word of advice: if you’re willing to take initiative, work hard, expand your skillset, submit to your employer and look out for his best interests ahead of your own, you’ll never be out of a job. Employers can’t afford NOT to employ people like you–and businesses regularly close simply because the owners can’t find enough good men.
Some other really valuable commodities in an employee:
- On time
- Honorable/Loyal (speaks well of ___)
- Joyful/up beat/encouraging
- Courage (takes responsibility, indomitable)
- Ability to learn/teachability
It’s not surprising that the same characteristics that make a spirit-filled Christian make an excellent employee. After all, the word of God applies to all parts of life, including submission and authority.
Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, 6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, 8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. – Ephesians 6:6-7
Even if you’re an entrepreneur or an employer (“master”), you must submit daily in your work to Christ, your customers, advisers, and others. As the centurion soldier said, “I too, am a man under authority.” Humbly is the way to do a real man’s work.