Is there more to life than death and taxes? We are born, grow to maturity, work some job, retire, then we die: is this all there is to life?
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Dr. Ravi Zacharias speaks to these questions.
“There is a clear and unequivocal assertion in the Judeo-Christian faith that God created us for His purpose: to fulfill life’s sacred nature within the particularity of an individual life, in relationship with Him and His indwelling presence.
This particularity does not offset the fact of being part of the larger community of fellow human beings. It does not deify us, nor does it demean us. To be a human being is to be one who is fashioned in the image of God, who is the point of reference in all relationships.”
Human institutions evolve as they mature. ‘Job classification’ is the method by which human resources departments fit employees into a job for which there is a precise ‘job description’.
When I think of a job description the image of a box comes to mind.
Big U.S. corporations do big things in big ways. As churches mature they take on the structures and human resource practices and standards of big businesses.
With all this structure and the tandem benefits of retirement plans, paid vacations, and medical insurance, one would assume all the employees would be happy campers.
How then is it that in study after study on the satisfaction of employees of U.S. corporations, we discover widespread dissatisfaction? Read the following stories.
Job satisfaction trends up and down; up, coming off long-term unemployment and down within a few years or months.
What is key to employee satisfaction? ADP research findings say ‘engagement’.
Engagement incorporates the concepts of ‘contract’ and ‘promise’. An engaged employee is a person who has found his or her niche, that ‘sweet spot’ where the person experiences worth and fulfillment.
God is amazing. Isn’t he? We are each individual from all other human beings. Around June of this year, we humans numbered 7,404,976,783 and we are each unique. Among over 7 and a half billion people, your fingerprints and your DNA are absolutely unique, one-of-a-kind.
The Church is not just another ‘corporation’ like Apple or IBM. The Church is a family of adopted sons and daughters, each with a supernatural calling. When this calling is fulfilled, 100% satisfaction is the report.
Alas, large church organizations follow the corporate model. It’s just the nature of man to oversimplify his fellow man’s usefulness. Inarguably, Yeshua Ha-Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) experienced this as he ministered in synagogues and out in the open.
Synagogues had no openings for Sons of God. There were neither job openings nor job descriptions for miracle workers or mind readers.
Back to your purpose in life, God created us to work in the family business, a business in which no one family member is to labor alone. You will find satisfaction when you join your unique abilities to other members of the family of God.
The challenge before you is to avoid being classified into a ‘box’ while relentlessly pursuing the job for which God has a perfect job description.
Philippians 2:13 says, ” For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” This is the definition of grace.