Kira and I take our job as parents very seriously. Just about every day, we have a list of jobs for our children to accomplish that day. Once those things are complete, then you are free to go and play. If we examined the Scriptures thoroughly, I believe that we will conclude that the Lord has left us a list of jobs to do until he comes back or until our life ends in faithful obedience. I think we can understand the things we are to accomplish can be categorized into two groups. So for simplicity here are the two jobs Christ has asked us to get done:
- Glorify God – Jesus says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” We accomplish this job when we strive to do good works of all types for all different kinds of people in various situations. This is something so practical that can be done every day of our lives. We have to look for opportunities around us to glorify God. Then when others see those good works being done, they glorify God too.
- Witness for Christ – Jesus says in Matthew 10:32, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.” We accomplish this job when we take the opportunity to tell someone about the Lord. The next time someone talks to you about religion, the church, or the Bible. Ask them this question, “Who is Jesus to you?” Perhaps that will lead the conversation on to allow you to tell them who Jesus is to you. This will be your opportunity to testify before them about Jesus. You can then tell them about the life you had before you gave your life to Christ and the life that you live now that you are in Christ. The result will be twofold: 1. You might have the opportunity to teach them further. 2. Jesus will testify on your behalf before the Father. We have to seek out opportunities to get on the witness stand and tell the story of Jesus.
If we can master these two jobs, then I believe we have done well.
The jobs we give our kids are pretty much everyday jobs. When Walter or Rachel clean their rooms, unload the dishwasher, or feed the pets, that does not mean those jobs are done one day and are never to be done again. These are jobs that need to be done again and again. These are everyday jobs!
The jobs Jesus has given us are everyday jobs too. We need to get to work! We’ve got jobs to do!