Take Jesus With Us

I drive into work listening to gospel music or a pre-recorded sermon on the radio. I get out of the car and walk to the building entrance. As I open the building door I leave just enough room for me to get in and I leave Jesus standing outside as the door closes behind me. He's standing with His palms on the door glass and watches me as I get on the elevator. His eyes are sad and He turns and goes to sit on the stone bench. There He'll sit patiently and wait for me for the next 9 hours. First 2 hours of work - I fuss and complain about things not right. Jesus, sitting with his chin in His hand looks toward the building wishing He could help me.

By lunchtime - I'm flustered, regretting I work in this place and sputtering bitterness all over folks. Jesus comes around to the side of the building where my cubicle is located. He looks up from the ground trying to get my attention but I can't hear him; my focus is on my problems. Jesus goes back to the front of the building, sits down and continues to wait for me. He thinks to Himself as He looks up to the third floor, "She went in there defenseless. If only she had taken me in there with her. When will she learn?"

End of the day - I'm tired, run down, with no energy, irritable & frustrated. I leave the building & Jesus gets up happily to greet me but I'm in no mood for Him now. I've just left work and the last thing I want to do is to be bothered with anyone. God just actually showed me this is how I've been acting. He showed me each act and worst of all, He let me feel a small portion of how grieved He was because of my actions and attitude. I left Jesus standing outside, almost let the door smack in His face and I come in here defenseless.

From time to time our jobs overwhelm us and we completely forget to" take Jesus with us". We may not go around cursing anyone out or punching anyone in the face (hopefully) but what are our actions saying about us and about who or whose we are?

"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world Ė like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Donít hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all."

Matthew 5: 13-15

"Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Mater you are serving is Christ."

Colossians 4: 23-24

© Charles W Savage

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