In Name Only

September 28, 2004
by Brenda Wood

Colossians 3:23-24 – Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men. Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah). (AMP)

Apparently the television program was fascinating. The young lady didn't once take her eyes off the set as the four of us entered the gift shop. As we moved around the store, she kept turning her swivel chair, managing at all times to keep her back to us.

Product in my hand, I raced in a circle, trying to beat the speed of the twisting chair. I am sure that this was not a pretty sight. With that picture in my mind and no chance of winning, I gave up the chase. That clerk was a clerk in name only.

What kind of employees are we? Is God trying to get our attention and use us on the job? Are we too busy twirling ourselves wildly in other directions? Are we the best example of a Christian that our boss will ever see? Or are we taking the job title "Christian" and its holy lifestyle, and forgetting that it is superior to any other title we may ever earn?

Prayer: Lord, we are not what we want to be when we are on the job. We get frustrated, discouraged, and angry. We have played the "they won't miss this paper/pencil/money game". We haven't witnessed or even let on that we know You. Forgive us, Lord, and help us to get back on the right track, the one that does not go in circles. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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