Full Time, With Benefits

           Something I’ve noticed lately, even as I strike up conversations with random people like the bank teller, the grocery clerk, or the gas station attendant, is that few people are complaining about their employment. Hard economic times seem to have refocused our gratefulness. More folks than ever are saying, “I’m just thankful that I have a job.” We’re not quick to be bad-tempered with co-workers or argumentative with the boss either because we recognize that we could easily be replaced by any one of those job-seekers whose resumes are on the office desk.

          That’s why Proverbs 28:20 caused me to reflect upon one of the many things that has made me proud and thankful about my children: they have full time jobs with benefits. Stock options and 401K plans are available to them, and we no longer need to carry them on our health insurance, because the jobs they loyally go to every day supply that for them as well. They are not chasing get-rich-quick schemes, but are doing the everyday work for their bi-monthly paychecks. The verse says, “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished” (NKJ).

           A faithful person (’emuwnah) is one who shows stability, steadiness, and fidelity. As an employee, this is a person who can be trusted to represent the company well and do all he or she can do to ensure the company’s well-being. It’s a day-to-day process, and to that type of employee come benefits including raises, excellent productivity reports, and promotions. Even entrepreneurs realize benefits as they work consistently to build their businesses. Eventually, that consistency pays off in what else: benefits.

          The same principle works in Kingdom employment. We are ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), witnesses (Acts 1:8), and teachers (Matthew 28:19-20) for Christ; employed full time in the business of marketing Jesus to the world. This job is not a get-rich-quick proposition. We build our “brand” by the lifestyle we exemplify before our families and those with whom we come in contact. What is the advertising slogan that others read from the lives we’re living? If we are faithfully doing our job, we’ll see results: people won to the Kingdom. And we can expect the benefit package (to “abound in blessings”) from our Employer. 

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©2012 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.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website, and now also available on Kindle!

 

~ by sanewriter on November 12, 2012.

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