Does the Bible contain any keys to surviving job loss?
Unemployment is growing rapidly in most parts of the world, bringing its potential damage effects that could range from anxiety to depression and debts; to name just a few.
As a consequence, many people face job interviews in an unfavorable mental state, which doesn’t help them to secure a new job.
Can the Bible be of any help at all for this situation?
The answer is a resounding YES!
There is a powerful principle taught by Jesus, which should be a great source of encouragement and hope for all the unemployed people.
But even more importantly, it teaches practical steps that can be followed by anyone, whether they are on the verge of losing their jobs or after the job loss.
The parable relates the story of a man (a manager of resources) who was about to lose his job for lack of competency and diligence. We all know the terrible effects of unemployment.
Luke 16:1-3 He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.'
"Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg.
Upon hearing the bad news, the man begins to analyze the remaining possibilities for him to earn a living and doesn’t find any satisfactory one. He is not confident about getting a new job due to lack of proper skills and he can’t become a beggar either.
His prospects of surviving job loss didn't look good, on the surface.
Most of you, even if you are unemployed now, don’t have it as bad as the steward. You probably have enough skills to get hired again.
But let’s examine the rest of the story. It is simply amazing.
Luke 16:4-9 ‘I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.'
"So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?'
And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.'
Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.'
So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.
"And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.
In his state of despair and anxiety towards his future, the man made an assessment of all the valuable things that could favor him and found two good ones: the outstanding amount owned by his boss’s debtors and the relationship he has developed with them over time.
Then, he didn’t lose any time. He quickly made individual appointments with the debtors in order to invest in each one of them a rebate on the remaining debt owned.
What we can highlight also from the story is that the level of the rebate was different from one debtor to the other: some got a 50% rebate on the remaining debt, while others only got 20% rebate.
I believe this detail is there to show us that the rebate was not sowed (granted) randomly, but on purpose, according to his knowledge about the capacity of each one.
This is a systematic and wise application of a powerful spiritual principle that I have discovered from the Bible and have named the principle of Ruth’s heart.
There is a book teaching this principle, scheduled to be released very soon, in the next few weeks.