What is the favorite verse of the unemployed Christian? That would be:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Why is it the favorite verse? Because it allows them a pass on earnestly going about looking for a job. It allows them to say: “God is working on it for me. When he’s ready – when it is his time — he’ll send a job my way.” I see this over and over with my Christian brethren.

And the second favorite verse is right up there for the same reason:

And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NIV)

Relying on these two verses, the average Christian is in no hurry to buckle down and go out and get gainful employment. God is going to take care of everything. He will provide that miracle job.

My problem with this attitude is that everything is left in God’s hands, and we’re just passive bystanders.

My opinion, as I’ve stated so many times, is that we don’t need a miracle. Praying for a good job may be what is on your mind when you talk to God. But I don’t think he needs to send you a miracle. Why not? Because God has already given us his playbook on how the world works. All we need to do is understand it, and use it as a roadmap to get to our desired goal.

Think of it as a playbook for a professional football team. Imagine what you could do if you got your hands on the playbook of the opposing team, and you knew how they were going to line up against you, and how they would react to your actions. Wouldn’t you have a huge advantage?

The football playbookEvery time I watch Payton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts play against my local team, the Denver Broncos, I stand in awe. It is like he has the playbook of the Broncos. He looks over their defense, and he immediately calls an audible to his teammates and switches up the play. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him lose to the Broncos. He slices and dices them up like they weren’t even there.

I find the bible is a playbook for career success. It has plays for both us, and what the other guy is going to do. I just don’t see the need to look for a financial miracle, as it already contains everything that we need.

So I do get upset when I hear my Christian friends lament on how tough it is to find a job. It tells me that they do not understanding the bible the way that I see it. The bible tells me that money flows to the person that solves problems for others. If people aren’t solving problems for others, then of course, money will not flow down to them. They won’t get a job. Somehow they think that a good-paying job is a right afforded by the Constitution, and all they have to do is wait for it. They think it is a virtue to wait for a job to come to them. And in the mean time, they’ll just sit back and collect unemployment checks – which is money stolen from productive people to pay the non-productive people.

I’m sorry about the tone of this post today. I’m in a foul mood because I feel like the lone voice of reason. Every time I do an internet search on “what the bible says about money,” I find the same thing over and over. All the web sites say the same thing: “we are just stewards of the money God gives to us.” In other words, we are passive participants in the money equation, just like getting a good job is a passive thing that we’ll get if we just wait around for God long enough.

The stewardship philosophy eventually concludes: “If we have money, it is because we saved our way to wealth through frugal living, while everyone that is broke must have pissed their money away.”

It is like saying that everyone is given the same amount of money, and you can save it or spend it. If you have more than your fair-share, then you were putting money ahead of God, or you got it dishonestly. Therefore, the frugal and the spend-thrifts are somehow more virtuous.

And to be honest, I’m tired of the discount hunters that come to my business. They are looking to break me down and get me to prostitute myself for their gain. “How low can we make this guy come down in price?” they seem to say.

A stingy man is eager to get rich
and is unaware that poverty awaits him. Proverbs 28:22 (NIV)

I’m ashamed that most of these discount hunters are my Christian brothers. They seem to think they are being good stewards with God’s money, but their greed is on full display to see.

My business is not like anything they’ve ever come across before. I invest heavily in my customers before they ever purchase anything from me. I do this with gigabytes and gigabytes of information that cost me a small fortune to create. But they download and use it for free. Then they come back to me wanting me to lower my prices for them like all the other merchants have done. I feel like a waiter at a fine restaurant. I pour out my soul for these customers, and then they want to stiff me on the tip at the end of the meal.

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27 (NIV)

A generous man will prosper;
he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

I’ve never seen these verses uttered from the mouths of the people that claim they practice biblical financial stewardship. Because of that, I don’t think they will ever know financial prosperity. But… I do know that they will comfort themselves with sayings like “I’m blessed in so many other ways….”

Anyway, what got me started today is that no one talks about how the bible is a goldmine of information on how to make money. We don’t need a miracle job to fall in our laps or a miracle financial blessing. We need to study the playbook and see what it tells us about making money, God’s way.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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3 Responses to “Passive Job Searches”

  1. Hi Tim,

    I nearly fell off the sofa laughing. Yup. I have heard passive Christians quote those scriptures about “If it’s God’s will, then He’ll bring it to me…” sort of mentality.

    Where did this passive Christianity spring from? In Romantic relationships, you can see He wants us to pray to Him for guidance AND go out (or send our representative on our behalf) and go GET those relationships. And with having and raising children, their is action and active involvement on our behalf.

    So it is with EARNING money and pursuing work.

    I really appreciate how you remind us (kicking a lil butt along the way with humor and warmth) that He has already provided a road map.

    Mazel tov!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Dating After 40 Expert

  2. Austin says:

    Hey, This site is helping me (a poor poverty-addicted defenseless fool if without the true life-giving wisdom but with abhorring it; is this Christian to say and realize? I think it’s demoting myself in estimation which is humbling.) throw away the “I don’t want a job” mentality. (It’s called “Work” for a reason, right? Without the oil in the crank-case the engine seizes and doesn’t work.) I’m a few days away from my twenty-third birthday at the time of posting this.

  3. Austin says:

    It’s been about two months since my last post on this page. What have I not done? I’m not saying “LOL God, Where’s the goldmine?” because no, It’s ME. (That’s what the point of building me up is, to be valuable.) I am the one who didn’t sell his guitars earlier, I am the one who didn’t build guitars, I am the one who didn’t want a job for years!

    So the goldmine is wisdom. What is gold good for? Genuine question here.