How would you describe your job in one (funny) sentence? Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert asked readers to do just that. Reader’s Digest posted some of the responses. Let’s see if you can guess what some of these jobs are. (Answers below) 1) My job is to spend most of the day looking out the window. 2) Run away and call the police. 3) Ensure that stupid people stay in the gene pool. Ok, maybe I shouldn’t have used that last one. How would you describe your job in one sentence? My wife, a sign language interpreter, said that her job was to be quiet when other people talked and to talk when other people are silent.
It’s a lot of fun to look at job descriptions like that. We might even imagine job descriptions for other professions throughout the day. I’m guessing that not all of them would be nice. Did you know that there are job descriptions in the Bible? Peter wrote to the elders and gave a job description. There are elements of the “job description” for all who call on the name of Christ. “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:2-3)
Our relationship with God should not be based on reluctance. People talk about their jobs, but very few look forward to Monday morning and being able to go to work. We live in a society that lives for Friday and the end of the work week and dies on Sunday night with the realization that Monday is here. We have people who claim to be followers of Christ, yet are reluctant to be in church, and reluctant to share the good news about Jesus. We should be joyful about our opportunity to worship with fellow believers and share the grace of God with people who aren’t believers yet. Our service to God is not to accomplish a goal of attaining great wealth, especially in a dishonest fashion, but out of eagerness to serve. We should realize what a joy it is to be in God’s presence. We should be excited that we have been entrusted with the good news of God’s mercy and forgiveness that is available to all who turn to Him. We must not take this call from God to serve Him with an “I’m better than you because God wants to use me” attitude. We must take this call as the opportunity to be examples of what God can do in a sinner’s life.
In short, when we think of our relationship with Christ and the job description we have as followers, we are to be joyful, eager, and humble as we work in God’s Kingdom. If you are like me, you will not always be joyful. Things happen. You may not always be willing to serve. God can work on that if you let Him. There are times when we aren’t particularly eager and let’s face it you are NEVER as humble as me. (Yes, that’s a joke.) Still, there is a cure for us on those days when we aren’t in the right attitude or frame of mind: quiet time with God. Just seek Him. Remember that Jesus took time away from the crowds to spend time with the Father. There are times when we must do that too. When we spend that time, and let Him speak, we can come back eager to serve joyfully and in the right place with God. Never give up.
Lord God, it’s not always easy to be joyful, eager, and humble in my service to You. Keep working on me to bring me to the right attitude as I serve You. Give me the wisdom and the courage to serve You in the most difficult of times with the right attitude.
The answers: 1) Pilot; 2) Security Guard; 3) Lifeguard