One-a-Day...for the Heart: Job Description
If we don’t know what our job responsibilities are, it’s likely we won’t perform them well. Job descriptions are essential in determining whether applicants are qualified to effectively carry out the duties of positions within a company. Knowing what is expected of us in the workplace is key to our success there; not knowing leads to confusion and failure.
As Christians, our “workplace” is the unsaved world around us—the people we meet every day who may not know Jesus as their Savior. They may be in our family, our office, our neighborhood, our favorite bowling alley, the soccer field, our kids’ daycare, our mechanic’s garage, the market, and so on. The Lonely Hearts’ Club of Lost Souls without Jesus ebbs and flows all around us as we go about our day. If we don’t understand our job description as Christians, we may miss our Employer’s task list altogether, and fail to complete the job He is entrusting to us.
"Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Those are the words of Jesus Christ in Mark 16:15 (NLT), and they are a primary duty in our job description. We are to always have a ready answer of the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) for everyone the Lord brings into our life, regardless of the setting or circumstance. So a second duty in our job description is to be ready. Many times a member of the Lonely Hearts’ Club of Lost Souls comes to us at a very inopportune time, so get ready to be ready.
At that inopportune moment, remember our Employer’s requirement to firstly love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength, AND love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:30-31 NLT). To perform this task more easily, it helps to consider that Jesus died for this lost soul, loving him more than can be imagined. This needy soul has a purpose in the Kingdom of God that could be more vital than the Apostle Paul’s, for all you know!
So far, our job description is pretty simple: 1. Go. 2. Be ready. 3. Love. With every job description comes an increasing level of responsibility in the task list. The Lord—our Employer—kicks it up a notch in His job description when He says, Go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19 NLT). Make disciples…that means to help someone progressively learn the Word of God to become a matured, growing learner and Christ-follower. Who is following you? Who is watching your life? Whether your disciple is two or eighty-two years old, you are successfully accomplishing your Christian job description if you are teaching them, by word and example, how to be a follower of Christ.
When searching for a job, a diligent applicant will look for a job description that he feels both qualified and challenged to do. The Lord offers us a task list that is both challenging and doable, for, as He says, My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light (Matthew 11:30 NLT).
Friends, we can DO this! You’re hired!