The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. Psalm 103:8 NIV
Performance evaluations are utilized as a tool to measure an employee’s strengths and weaknesses along with their measurable abilities and contributions to the company; productivity, attitude, interpersonal skills, motivation, and innovative ideas are just some of the core requirements that receive a rating based on the company’s goals. A favorable evaluation that demonstrates professional growth is almost certain to result in a merit-based increase in salary compensation and ongoing job security.
However, there is another major factor that determines whether or not a hard-working employee’s position is stable and that is the bottom line, a thriving profit margin with considerable financial growth; many individuals with excellent evaluations have experienced job loss due to unforeseen cutbacks. It is a gut-wrenching decision to be faced with the one and only choice and that is to downsize the number of employees due to a profit loss.
I can recall employment with a home health agency where the physician who provided us with the most patient referrals decided to open his own agency. The agency experienced a 70% loss of revenue which created a domino effect–the loss of referrals resulted in a great financial loss and the collapse of the operating budget. Immediately an action plan was developed for the nursing staff to approach physicians that they had a rapport with and market for patient referrals. Our sales marketer worked 10-12 hours per day to attempt to make up for the devastating loss. Even with the hard work and determination, within two weeks the Regional Director arrived with corporate directives to downsize three employees. Although there were many factors in determining who was laid off, the only logical decision was employee cutbacks or closure of the agency.
When we think about the Plan of Salvation, we are grateful that salvation extends from God’s grace and mercy. Thankfully, we do not have work to earn Eternal life; in fact, all we are required to do is accept the Lord Jesus Christ and freely receive Righteousness by Faith. Yes, God does expect us to possess love, faith, trust, obedience, to study his Word and pray without ceasing; even so, when we fail to abide by His Word, God never utilizes performance evaluations to measure our spiritual performance.
God had given us His Holy Word: when we study the Bible, we become fully aware of whether or not we are obediently following God’s commands or doing as we please. No, we do not have to earn God’s favor, we do not have to perform rituals, or adhere to a performance improvement plan if we fall short, disobey and commit sin; All God asks of us is to confess, repent of our sins, to live by faith and completely trust in His plan for our lives. Serving God is an all or nothing commitment and if we are faithful then He is just and will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
There are no lay-offs, terminations, or spiritual closures with God.
Bible Verse: You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:13
Prayer for today: Dear God, We thank you for the gift of salvation that is freely available through your grace and mercy. We ask you to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. We come to you asking for the strength to do your will by letting all of our doubts go and to completely rely on you. Thank you for not measuring our performance whether we live righteously or whether we fail to obey you. Help us to never take your grace and mercy for granted. We pray for change in our relationship with you that we will have the determination to follow you wherever you lead us. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019