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The Best Way to Prepare Your Kids For the Workforce

How do you prepare your children for the workforce?

Beyond a good resume, respect for authority, and an outstanding work ethic, the most important thing a young adult needs when entering the workforce is a commitment to Jesus Christ.

If your child has a personal relationship and commitment to Christ, they’ll automatically take other key values to their job.

In Mark 12, Jesus said the most important commandment is, “‘love HOTW_May25.jpgthe Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

The first commandment calls all people to submit to God’s authority and majesty. Due to our sin nature, we resist authority. The same sin nature that prompts a child to disobey parents breeds dissention and resentment against a boss. But, with Christ as Lord, we learn how to submit to the authority over us, whether it is God, the government, parents or employers.

Teaching your children to love and obey the Lord will enable them to consider the needs of others, to humbly serve them, and interact well with them. Your child will bring a good attitude to the job that can positively influence the entire team.

Luke 2 shows us that even “Jesus grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man.”

Again, The single most important decision your teenager or young adult can take is faith in Jesus Christ. By doing so they’ll receive not only eternal life, but will thrive under authority and with others.

Another important step you can help them with is to understand stewardship better. Crown’s online MoneyLife Personal Finance study walks you through 7 weeks of life-transforming truth from Scripture. You’ll find practical steps and biblical principles every week.

Chuck Bentley is the CEO of Crown, the largest Christian financial ministry in the world, founded by the late Larry Burkett. He is an author, host of My MoneyLife - a daily radio feature, and a frequent speaker on the topic of Biblical financial principles. Follow him on Twitter and visit Crown.org for more help.

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