But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Men find their self-worth in what they do. They are defined by their career, and their success in their work. So it is hard in times like these to watch those close to me struggle in unemployment. And it is because I am so intimate with these men who have lost their jobs, I can not point accusatory fingers at them for their failures. In fact I can only point to my own failings and use myself as an example so that any words I speak or write can be used to encourage others to seek the Lord.
When a man finds himself without a job he loses control over his life, and the thing everyone in the world desires, provision for his family. They think themselves a failure subconsciously, and it takes a toll spiritually. Because their self-image is defined by the work of their hands, they lose their identity when they lose their income.
What a time we have now where so many are struggling in this way. We help preserve their dignity in whatever way we can, but only the man can come to terms with himself and with God.
If only we could find our identity in Christ, and define ourselves through our participation in his suffering! If we could truly understand what it means to have our being in Him, and to be known by Him! It is not through our deeds that we are justified, it is through our humility in recognizing it is God's work of adoption that we are who we are: children of God, citizens of Heaven.
Let us find our self-worth in Christ alone. Let us place our truth in His provision. Let us glory in His name together. Hallelujah.