Thursday, March 18, 2010

What's your job?

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

I sometimes get hung up on one particular thing and relate everything to it.  I hear that's pretty common!  Before, it was 2 Peter 1:5-8:   For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  There's this stuff we're supposed to be doing to keep us from being ineffective!  You know I'm all about efficiency, so I liked this one quite a bit.  It was on my mirror in the bathroom.

Matthew 5:16 is now on my bathroom mirror, as well as part of St. Patrick's Breast PlateChrist in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me, Christ in every eye that sees me,Christ in every ear that hears me.  This idea that we're supposed to be like Christ to others is obvious, and yet so hard to remember and even harder to implement.  We have a job to do!  We are "here on the King's business."

When I was younger I'd mock the WWJD bracelets, but now I can see that is such an important question.  What would Jesus do?  It isn't the answer we sometimes hear.  He loved all, but He had no problem correcting sins as well.  The answer to WWJD could involve chasing people out of their business area and flipping over their tables...  Everything Jesus would do would be with love, though, and it is hard to remember that, much less implement it.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 11:1

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit; so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2

Obviously knowing more about God and what He wants and how Jesus did live is critical to this component of our lives.  And the more we read, the more we learn, and the more we remember.  We must actively choose to follow Jesus' life.  What would Jesus do?  This takes a commitment to learn it!  We can't just make it up based on a few stories of Jesus, or what we'd like Jesus to be like.

... for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles. Romans 1:21-23

We will make up our own version of Jesus if we allow ourselves to do so.  The "images" above could be physical idols or things we just deem more important and more practical and more worthy of our time than God.  This may include a God we make up, because He'd be easier on us.  It is far easier to make up a God that cares not what we do in the privacy in our bedrooms and is disinterested in how we complete our tax forms.  An imaginary God doesn't care if I whine, or use inappropriate language, or set a poor example for the teens I am responsible for.

We have a job to do.  And just like any job, we must read the company policies and enact them.  You would never assume on a new job you could guess what your boss wanted without asking, would you?  Why then do so many of us claim to know what our true BOSS wants without searching what He has given us to find out?  If our job is to be like Him, then the obvious course of action is to get to know Him, through reading our Bible, early church fathers, and prayer.  You'd go talk to your boss at work to find out what to do, wouldn't you?

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him  James 1:5

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