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Higher Up Job Skills Training: Job Search

November 29, 2010

Walter said he was looking for work. Said he had filled out applications and dropped resumes off all around businesses in the area. Walter came to church one Sunday with a member of our church and a woman who had been attending from time to time. He had moved in to their apartment complex but didn’t have anything.

Walter came by the office after his second week worshiping with us. He came by to ask us for prayers for his situation. Seems that his wife kicked him out and he didn’t know why. Said he had a good life with a good job that paid well. Unfortunately everything was in his wife’s name and he was left with nothing. Out of work and starting over Walter said he needed someone to pray with.

We prayed for Walter and also offered to help with the job search. We explained that we had a job skills training ministry. We offered to work with him on his resume, to sit down and help him find gainful employment.

Once we got Walter going in the right direction with his job search the plan was to help him with food and rent.

Walter brought us his resume. It was outdated. The phone number and address were terrible wrong. It lacked information that would explain what he did or could do for a living. We gave him direction and what he needed to do to improve his resume. We explained that when he brought the information we would rework his resume and he would be ready to go.

Walter left and said he would be back in the next day with what we needed. We are still waiting on Walter to return. We have not seen him on Sunday. He hasn’t stopped by the office so that we can work with him on his interview skills.

Maybe you already knew. Walter has been working the local Christian community. Walter didn’t really want help. He used all of the right words but when it got down to it he didn’t really want help at all.

That is a part of any ministry that tries to benefit the widow, the orphan, and the poor. Truly helping them may not seem to be help at all.

One of my favorite stories of the ministry of Jesus about helping people in need is recorded in John 5:1-13.

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”

So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

Notice that a multitude of people were at the pool of Bethesda. Notice that Jesus slipped away after healing one man. Don’t let that be lost on you. Jesus has an objective that we must always remember. He healed to show that he was the Messiah. We help people in need for the same reason.

We showed Walter we cared. We wanted to help. It wasn’t really what he wanted. He wanted a hand out but that would not have been help at all. We would have simply enabled him to continue to lie and deceive, certainly not values that reflect Christ.

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