But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…Joshua 24:15 NIV
There are very few companies that are willing to hire individuals at an entry level position who possess no prior knowledge of the vacant position they are seeking to fill. The investment of time and money involved is considered to be a high risk, especially with the change in the work ethic where loyalty and longevity is dependent on monetary compensation.
The dilemma remains for individuals who are seeking gainful employment or a career change that do not have enough to be considered as a desirable applicant. Even so, there are several viable options: pursuing education by taking a certificate course, matriculation into a degree program, or utilizing your state’s unemployment resources to obtain additional skills. The acquisition of continuing education demonstrates the desire for personal and professional growth which increases your chances in a very competitive and demanding arena–the job market.
It is wonderful that God’s plan for salvation is not dependent upon our skill level; we are able to make the choice to serve God and He accepts us exactly as we are and where we are in our lives. However, there are conditions for spiritual growth once we confess our sins and accept Christ as our personal Savior.
There is a misconception that attending church and hearing sermons, constitutes our part in serving God. Yes, it is important for us to be in the company of believers, but it is not enough! We are required to establish a personal relationship with God by studying the Bible, praying, living by faith and obedience, and most importantly by witnessing to others. We are unable to obtain the spiritual knowledge and wisdom to resolve life’s dilemmas without studying the Word of God or praying for guidance.
When we do our part in serving God, we gain spiritual strength by growing closer to him; it is the formation of that bond that helps us to realize that He will never leave us or forsake us.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Help us to do our part in getting to know you. We realize that we are just doing enough to get by in our spiritual lives. We ask you to forgive us of our sins. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz