Time for a Job Evaluation

            We may not dread the annual job evaluation done by our boss, but we probably experience at least a tiny bit of nerves. We want to perform well on the day he/she shows up to watch us working. The boss trusted our abilities when we were hired, and the yearly evaluation should be nothing more than a testament to the belief originally placed in us. If we are confident in our abilities and are prepared for the day’s tasks, no problem. The assessment will be positive and we can breathe easy for another year. However, if we’ve been messing up, shirking our responsibilities, cutting corners, and approaching the job unprepared, the boss might not like what he/she sees during the evaluation period.

           The apostle Paul realized he and the other apostles were working for God as their boss. He also realized it was God who would do their evaluations. Paul tells the believers at Thessalonica, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJ). The apostles were “approved” or “examined and tried” (dokimazo in the Greek) when God gave them the job of taking the gospel to the world. Paul understood this and did his job, not to please people, but to please the Boss who had hired him. Paul also knew that that Boss would evaluate or test the apostles’ hearts continually to be sure they were doing the job as they were supposed to do it. (The word “test” in the above verse in the phrase “God who tests our hearts,” is the same Greek word used for “approved” in the first part of the verse.)

          We need to understand what Paul understood: God is giving us the same kind of job evaluation today. Second Corinthians 5:17-18 tells us that “if anyone is in Christ [this is speaking of us], he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (NKJ). We, like the apostles, have been given the job of letting people know they can be reconciled to God. That news is the gospel. We need, then, to realize that like Paul and the apostles, God will test our hearts—perform evaluations—to see that we are doing the job for which He hired us.

           If God sat in on your life with His clipboard and evaluation sheet today, what would He write?


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on November 3, 2011.

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