I can recall our Quality team excitely waiting for our initial meeting with the Vice President to share our accomplishments and challenges from performing our jobs as Provider Educators. In preparation we had a team meeting to discuss our concerns and subsequently submitted a report which included possible solutions to work smarter.
On the day of the meeting, we received a copy of our job descriptions and the agenda which did not allow for feedback from our team. As our VP acknowledged receipt of our report, she began to review our job description and the expectations of the company.
We were told in no uncertain terms that our job description did not include the modification of the company’s current processes and that we were hired to fulfill the role as outlined. In addition, we were required to commit to fulfill our roles as defined by signing the current job description or submitting our resignation.
The Believer’s Job Description is “The Great Commission”
Go, ye therefore, and teach All Nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matthew 28:19
We have received the command to “Go” which indicates active participation. Our job description is pre-defined by God and is not to be altered or modified according to our temperaments, busy schedules or other priorities that we have placed above witnessing to others.
Yesterday I went to the last day of an estate sale that was filled to capacity. Soon the room emptied of buyers with the exception of myself, and one other individual. As we spoke about the uncertainty of life, we both agreed on the certainty of death while looking at items in the huge walk-in closet of a person who no longer existed.
When I heard the words, “I lost my only daughter last year, she was only 25, and although she isn’t suffering any longer, I really miss her”, I immediately stopped looking for items to purchase, prayed a silent prayer, and gave my full attention to an individual that took the risk of sharing her grief with a complete stranger.
I am thankful that I was able to provide hope as I explained God’s promise found in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 regarding the dead in Christ and those who are alive when Jesus comes again. When she began to cry, I reached out and placed my hand on her shoulder to acknowledge and validate her right to grieve. I asked if she would like for me to pray and when she agreed, I prayed a simple prayer for comfort. Following the prayer, she reached out to hug and thank me for just being there. I thanked her in return for sharing the memories of her beautiful daughter.
In 15 minutes, I witnessed an individual filled with hopelessness receive comfort from the Holy Spirit. I have come to realize that if I fulfill the job that God has given to me, then God will use His power to bring honor and glory to His name. I will also receive benefits: A deeper relationship with God, a greater sense of the time constraints of life, an urgency to witness, and a personal transformation of my character.
Challenge for today: Begin everyday by acknowledging that, “My life is not my own…and it is only what I do for Christ that will count in the end!”
Chapter for today: Matthew 28
Prayer for today: Dear God, From this day forward, I commit myself to fulfill the commission that you have given. Please help me to recognize and take action when I come across those in need. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz