Some of the nasty words in the English language are described as four-letter words.
It's probably not a coincidence that "boss" is a
four-letter word. You sure get a lot of
complaining about the boss. Usually the boss writes a Want Ad when an employee is
needed. But what if the employee got to write an ad when the boss was needed? What
would you put in there: "Boss Wanted: Fair, Consistent, Caring, Listener, Interested in
his employees, Impartial, Approachable." Hey, hold it! You want it? You got it!
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Colossians 3, beginning at verse
addressed to slaves. Now right away we're talking about a less than ideal working
environment here. Today it would be employees; although maybe you feel like the word
slave still fits. "Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when
their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the
Lord." Now Paul talks here about two motivators for doing good work. He says, number
one, maybe the boss is
watching; and secondly, to win their favor because you want to
impress them. Then in verse 23, he talks about a working lifestyle, "Whatever you do" -
little, big, glory, no glory, pleasant, unpleasant - "Whatever you do, work at it with all your
heart." He's describing a one hundred percenter here, but here's their motive, "...as working
for the Lord not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord
as a reward. It is the Lord
Christ you are serving."
Now who's your boss where you work? Well, if you know the Lord, your boss is the Lord
Christ. Work for Him because He's the one who's watching all the time. He's the one to impress.
He's the rewarder. This is pretty radical stuff! It means you are going to work with all your heart
no matter what the environment and no matter what kind of superior you have. Your work is
going to be for the approval of Jesus, looking past your human boss right over his or her
seeing Jesus there.
So that means if you're cooking french fries, you're going to say, "I'm going to be the best
french fry cooker they ever had." I'm going to be the best algebra student this algebra teacher
has ever seen. Whether I get the best grades or not, I'm going to work as hard as anybody they
ever saw. I'm going to be the best shipping clerk, or checkout person, or vice president, or
teacher they've ever seen. You'll be known as their hardest worker; one who's on time, who
keeps their commitments, who doesn't cut corners, who finishes what they start, who goes
the extra mile. Not for them. (No, you're not working for the company. See, that's your secret.)
You're not working for your superior. You realize that Jesus cares about how you work, and
this is an offering to Him.
You get your paycheck from your human boss and maybe a nice bonus occasionally.
Wait till you see the reward you're going to get from your real boss. Starting now, and
ultimately forever, it is from the Lord, the Bible says, that you will receive your inheritance.
That's the biggest paycheck of all - your real reward. He's the One you want to please. He's
the One you want to impress. He's the One you're doing it all for, and when it's for Him, you
do it with everything you've got. When you work for Jesus Christ, you work with all your heart
because you've got the Dream Boss. - - Ron Hutchcraft
*Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor'.
I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really
foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]:
"I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I
don't accept His claim to be God."
That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was
merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would
not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic --
on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg --
or else he would be the Devil of
You must make your choice. Either this Man was, and is,
the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse ....
You can shut Him up for fool, you can spit at Him and kill
Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him
Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing
nonsense about His being a great hum! an teacher. He has
not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.
-- From Case for Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
*Not amalgamated with 'Thought & Humor'.
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It is fascinating to see the increasing role of forensic science in solving
crimes. DNA can be recovered in anything from a few skin cells to a licked
postage stamp. Forensic scientists can establish an association between a
suspect and the crime scene with only an eye lash or single strand of
hair. It appears we leave traces of our presence where ever we go.
Interestingly enough, your hair not only tells people that you have
there, it also tells your story--or at least provides some noteworthy
details to that story. Scientists have discovered that your hair can
divulge significant habits and particulars of your lifestyle: what you
eat, where you live, if you smoke or drink, if you are of Asian or
European decent. And a single hair can keep records for months,
if not years, depending on its length.
When my mother first told me that God knew the number of hairs on my head
I was thoroughly amazed at the thought of it. The number of hairs on my
head was something I didn't know about myself; it was something no one
else seemed to know about me either. This meant that someone knew me
better than my mom or my grandma. It meant that someone had
capacity--and the aspiration--to know me and all of my details.
Even as I looked at this promise quite literally, it was at once both
comforting and troubling. When I brushed my hair and caused several
strands to fall out was I making work for Him? How often did He have to
recount them? And why did God care how many hairs I had anyway?
Certainly it was one detail that He could overlook.
Then sometime later I was given the rest of Jesus's words uttered that
day: "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is
forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" (Luke 12:6-7).
Strand of hair or simple sparrow, worry, fear, or dream, God does not
overlook even one.
That God knows the number of hairs on our
heads is still a thought at
which we do well to wonder. Wrapped up tightly within such knowledge is
the great and fearful truth about who we are praying to when our eyes grow
heavy with sleep, who walks beside us through shadowy valleys and streams
of still waters, who hears our groaning when we don't know what we mean.
God knows us more specifically and more effectively than we know
ourselves--a thought that reminds us He is Father, a detail that holds
both immeasurable love and great consequence. He knows not only the
stories told in each strand of your hair but every detail of who you are:
the desires of your heart, the worries you carry, the questions you don't
know how to ask. In his perfect love our fears are cast aside and we are
given not only reason to trust, but a will to obey.
According to the Natural History Museum of London, the average person has
150,000 hairs on his or her head. He who knows exactly where you
stand in that average knit you together in your mother's womb and knows
each word on your tongue before it is formed. Like the psalmist at this
thought we wonder. "What is man that you care for him, the son of man
that you think of him? He is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting
shadow" (144:3-4). In the echoing of that question across time the promise
of Christ is also heard: "I tell you the truth, whoever acknowledges me
before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels
of God" (Luke 12:8). Not even one of them will be forgotten.
Jill Carattini is senior associate writer at Ravi Zacharias
International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.
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