PASTOR'S PEN: Just another job

Last week I was waiting at Schooley’s as my car was getting an oil change. A gentleman arrived looking for a certain type of mud flaps for his vehicle. I had been watching Jack as I sat waiting.

He had been very busy taking phone calls, checking things in the garage and looking on the computer for parts. This gentleman who came in was looking for an item he couldn’t find. He wanted to install it himself meaning, in my mind, little profit to Jack. But Jack tended to the man with full attention. He went out and looked at the truck, researched and found the part and even brought out a similar item to show the man what it would look like.

Even though this was probably a sale that wouldn’t result in any major cash flow, Jack showed he cared about his customer.

As I watched Jack I was reminded of the many times my own mother showed that same care and concern. She has been in charge a day care ever since I was a child and has been principal of a school for two decades. But she doesn’t just take in other people’s kids and watch them and send them home. She cares about them and gets involved. She’s had other people’s children at her home when the parents had to stay late at work.

She’s even taken them over the weekend! She’s bought food and clothes for those who needed it. Many times she’s used her resources and connections to help out a family in crisis. My mom didn’t just do a job; she was committed to those kids and their families.

Jack and my mom are both passionate about their jobs and care about those who enter into their world. Their heart for others is obvious to those around them. God asks the same of us in everyday life. Luke 9:24 says this, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will save it.” And Romans 12:1 states, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” And in John 13:34 Christ tells us, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

We are to be committed to God and passionate about caring for others. It doesn’t matter if it costs us or if we will never be repaid by that person for our efforts. We are to give all of ourselves just as Christ gave all of Himself. Is following God just another job or are you fully committed to Him?