Today is the 3rd and final installment of the series Parables for 21st Century Job Seekers.
As an employer you have an obligation to hire someone who is unemployed, as long as they are mostly qualified. Hiring unqualified people for a position is irresponsible. However, is there another position in your company they can perform?
Working for you is being invited to the banquet. The job will help them pay the bills, put food on the table, improve their self-esteem, strengthen their skills and develop new skills.
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
As Ann Voskamp mentioned in The Broken Way, A Daring Path Into Abundant Life, Jesus does not care about your bucket list.
He cares about what you did to help the least – the poor, lame, widowed, unemployed, homeless and others society marginalizes. How did you serve them?
How you served them is how you served Jesus.
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Being paid back at the resurrection of the righteous is more important than being paid back now.
Remember, when someone invites you to the banquet you are required to mind your manners. This means you need to perform your duties better than what you manager expects. By doing your new job well, it will encourage your manager to take a chance on inviting other unemployed people to the jobs banquet.
Be open to feedback from your manager but work as though you are working for God.
To all you hiring managers –
Who will you invite to the banquet today?
Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows as they move through grief and seize opportunities to rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com because one blog is not enough.