Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Just A Job?

Before I begin, I want you to know that I am not downgrading those that are sanitary engineers. It is a vital service to all communities. Without them, all our towns would be unlivable.

There are people that just view their jobs as something they have to do. They don’t necessarily like what they do and that is understandable.  Take for example “sanitary engineers” (trash collectors). The money, from what I hear, is very good, but the work is extremely hard, the hours can drain the life right out of you, and, when asked what you do for a living, there really isn’t much prestige in saying you’re a trash collector. The fact is, people need more than mere monetary rewards to feel good, proud and engaged about their jobs.

Even though I can’t say I've ever had the privilege of being one of the following (except for a very small period of about 4 or 5 months), on the flipside, are those that do have jobs that are mentally challenging and emotionally rewarding. These folks actually love to go to work and wake up feeling energized and eager to go to their job. And the jobs these have don’t have to be prestigious jobs either. I've met those performing volunteer services that absolutely love what they do.

So what is the point that I’m making? This: Just as with those that view their job as something they “have to do” as opposed to those that love what they do, there is a stark difference between those “having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power” and those that really make serving God a way of life. 

Today, unlike the multitudes that merely "have their own religion" but refuse to discuss it, there is a worldwide brotherhood that considers their faith more than “just a job.” They are glad, in spite of opposition they receive from the people they attempt to talk to, that they are serving the one true God in the method out lined in the Bible. To them, the Word of God truly is alive and it invigorates and enriches their lives.

Addendum: Just this past week, while volunteering my time to reach people at their homes and share in kindly discussion about the Bible, a man came to the door and declared, "Oh! We are serious Christians here." I replied, "Good! Then you must enjoy talking about the Bible." He snapped back, "NO!" and slammed the door. (I'm still trying to figure out what a "serious" Christian is. However, a real Christian is well aware of the commission they have directly from Jesus.)

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