by Shelly Weiss
10For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering [what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing]. – 2 Corinthians 5 – Amplified
My job performance is evaluated by how many clients with disabilities become employed because of services and counseling I provide. Having to find 15 people working within 3 months is taking all my focus (especially while I have been unsuccessful in finding own job).
Yesterday, a client with AIDS called in response to my inquiry to his/her employment status. I was almost salivating in anticipation of hearing s/he was still at the job and I could successfully close the case. No, s/he was no longer working – s/he now has cancer and is in chemo. My mind reviewed the effects of AIDS on the immune system, cells, etc., then did the same thing with effects of chemo.
I was literally sick to my stomach. This poor client…when will I learn to expand my vision outside my own ‘world’? My need to meet standards (for work) clouded my need to meet standards for the Kingdom – to love.
The Amplified Bible’s version of 2 Corinthians 5:10 both helps and convicts me on how I use my time, thoughts, talent, and energy as I do. Stats do not seem important when clients are in such despairing conditions, yet if I am fired, I won’t be any help to the clients.
I think about when Jesus was suffering beyond comprehension on the cross… the thief asked for help, wanting Jesus to remember him in heaven… how incredible to know when even breathing was taking everything He had, Jesus assured the thief He would help him. He didn’t say, “Can’t you see I’m busy?” or “I’m finishing my purpose… sorry, can’t help you.” No, Jesus always stayed focused on His mission, including loving others.
We don’t get a ‘free pass’ to opt out of loving others just because we are having a bad day or need to meet our boss’s standards. The Father’s love for us is constant and unwavering… regardless of circumstances, and ours should be the same.
** Please pray for my client today – God knows which one.
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