Preparing Children for the Workforce
How do you prepare your children for the workforce?
Beyond a good resume, respect for authority, and an outstanding work ethic, the most important thing a young adult needs when entering the workforce is a commitment to Jesus Christ. If your child has a personal relationship with the Lord, they’ll automatically take other key values to their job. In Mark 12, Jesus said the most important commandment is this, “‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The first commandment calls all people to submit to God’s authority, but our sin nature resists. We want to call the shots. The same sin nature that prompts a child to disobey parents breeds dissension and resentment against a boss. However, recognizing Christ as Lord and desiring to obey Him, helps us willingly submit to authority, whether that be God, the government, parents, or employers.
Teaching your children to love and obey the Lord will enable them to consider the needs of others, to serve with humility, and to interact with joy. Your child will bring a good attitude to the job that can positively influence the entire team. Luke 2 demonstrates that even “Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52) The single most important decision your teenager or young adult can take is placing their faith in Christ. By doing so they’ll receive not only eternal life but will thrive under authority and with others.
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