Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What Do You Do?-7/19/2011

"And whatsoever you do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Col 3:17

Early last century, a study was done at the Hawthorn Works factory just outside of Chicago. The goal was to determine which, if any, lighting level was most conducive to increased productivity from the workers. Productivity seemed to increase whenever changes were made regardless of whether the lighting level was raised or lowered. Production decreased when the study concluded. What became known as the "Hawthorn Effect" shows that people improve or modify aspects of the behavior when they are being evaluated...or watched.

Beloved, Christians are called on to be their best at all times, not so much because God is watching, but because we desire to do His will. We are nothing short of His representatives. We are His children. We should always be on our best behavior, do our best work and be our best selves because of this simple fact.

The simple fact is, however, that we are being watched. People with whom we come into contact are constantly evaluating our behavior in terms of our claims. They are quick to assign labels from "religious" to "hypocrite," all from their observations. And as previously mentioned, God is always aware of even our internal intent. We must conduct ourselves in a godly fashion in order to win others. It was through watching someone that your beloved became a child of the King. When God saw this, He accepted me.

So when you are in traffic and get cut off, what will you do? When you see a person in need, what will you do? When you find a lost wallet, what will you do? When Sunday morning comes around, what will you do? When you do not want to go in to work but your health is fine, what will you do? Let us be productive while the lights are on (it is day), for night comes when no man can work.

Loving Like Jesus,


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