According to the Federal Reserve Bank Economics Data, the decline in the job outlook for young adults poses challenges for those who are attempting to launch their careers.
Young adults face an abysmal labor market with the employment to labor-force participation rate at lows not seen in 40 years, and an unemployment rate for millennials at 44% clearly indicates that millennials are suffering.
With this in mind, I thought it fitting to remind us of a parable Jesus shared with the disciples, in Luke 16:1-9. This parable gives five career tips from Jesus that could help millennials create job opportunities for themselves.
Here is a parable about a man who was about to be fired and the steps that he took to secure friends, contacts, as well as people he could go to for help, once he was let go. Jesus described him as a shrewd and wise steward.
1. He was astute. He understood that if he didn't do something quick, he would be out of a job. He was not going to be fired and not have something, someone or some job to go to. Notice in verse three he began to think of a plan before hand.
What's your plan? Don't wait until graduation to develop a plan for your future.
Where there is no guidance, a people falls but in an abundance of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14 ESV
A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things. Proverbs 18:9 NLT
2. He was clever. He came up with an ingenious idea. He created opportunity not only for himself, but for others as well. He planned for the worst by setting aside some options for himself. What are your options?
"Ah, I know how to ensure that I'll have plenty of friends who will give me a home when I am fired."(Verse 4) NLT.
3. He was sharp. Not only because he put his plans to action, but how he did it.
"So he invited each person who owed money to his employer to come and discuss the situation. He asked the first one, 'How much do you owe him?' The man replied, 'I owe him 800 gallons of olive oil.' So the manager told him, 'Take the bill and quickly change it to 400 gallons. And how much do you owe my employer? He asked the next man. 'I owe him 1,000 bushels of wheat,' was the reply. 'Here, the manager said, 'take the bill and change it to 800 bushels."
In this current economy, the people of God must learn to think like the wise and shrewd steward. Think! Use some wisdom. Establish some friends, some contacts.
The bible says that he who wants friends must show himself friendly. In other words, start networking. Get to know new people and old acquaintances even better.
4. He Took Action. The shrewd manager didn't wait to be fired to do something about his situation.
Too many times we misunderstand the phrase, 'wait on God.' This phrase does not mean sitting down and twiddling our thumbs. It certainly doesn't mean you can't be looking and inquiring and doing things until God opens a door. As a matter of fact, the only way you'll know that a door has been opened is you've got to be out and about looking.
James tells us in James 2:26 "Faith without works is dead."
You’re still waiting for God to provide the resources? He just might be waiting for you to ask the right people.
A young mentor of mine with a great mind for business wrote an article entitled, "It Must Not Hurt That Bad". In a nutshell, his message was, if you can do something about your situation, then do it. Stop making excuses, stop procrastinating, and do it!
5. He Gave. Jesus stated in Luke 16:9, "Here's the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home." (KJV)
In other words, "Give, and it will come back to you."
The shrewd steward used his resources, not only to help himself, but to help the two men who owed his boss. By doing so, he did exactly what he set out to do, make friends. It's called networking.
Written By Frederick Anderson
Bio: Hi! I'm Frederick Anderson, author, blogger, teacher and the creator of iTEACH Ministry.
iTEACH Ministry is an online Jesus centered ministry, serving the digital mission field and influencing change in how we do and think about ministry.