Love One Another
I saw a job listing today, and breezed through it just to see what it said. I noticed in the General Description portion that it talked about responsibilities and expectations. A little further down, it talked about some minimal education and experience.
In the middle was a long section about specific skills. As I read through them, I started thinking about how we as Christians, need a skill set too, and many of our skills are the same as those an employer looks for in an employee. Wonder why?
Ability to multi-task
Friendly, polite and tactful
Ability to cope with multiple projects
Willingness to work and find solutions to issues
Ability to motivate co-workers
Ability to deal with diverse customers
Ability to be a team player
There were some others that only applied to the job advertised, but isn't it interesting how many things that we teach Christians ought to be based on the Bible's teachings, are also the desired qualities of a good worker in the secular world?
Then, finally, there was a section that had detailed duties for this specific job. I won't list the ones in the ad, but imagine for a minute, the specific detailed aspects we ought to possess and display as a Christian, and remember that all of them are tied to LOVE. Paul reminds the church in Corinth that love is important, and makes sure they understand just how important. After a long description in his letter, he sums it up this way, "and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Cor 13)
As Christians, we have a 'job description' of sorts too, and we should have a section with specific expectations and qualities for our job.
Like any job description, from time to time it is to our benefit to review it. Jesus told His disciples, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) May our job description start and end with love and be full of good qualities on display for the world to see and give God the glory for! (Matt 5:16)