Now, I’m talking about CRITICAL things, to do with work and career advancement. Like taking a job, or promotion, into an area that is completely unfamiliar to you. This is not un-common at the CEO level, as those guys swap jobs around like in a chess game. The fact that the product might be totally different from the last job….i.e., going from the dot-com business, say, to automobile manufacturing. Or, from being a Corporate Attorney to a CEO position. The reason it’s common at that level of management, is that what you’re really managing is STRATEGY, BRANDING, MEDIA, and MARKETING; yielding the product as incidental. But, when it is more confined to advancement within an organization; i.e. from domestic production to global marketing. This would be a very difficult transition, for even the best.
When the “new leader” starts running his mouth about his new responsibilities, then he better darn well know what he’s talking about, or the “follower’s” will see right through him. So it is in the spiritual aspects of life. Too many of us… run around talking about Jesus, about faith, about atonement, about confession, and salvation… and the fact is…we know nothing about any of it. So why?
Because we are “pretending.” We’re not taking our role as CHRISTIAN very seriously. We’re the same guy who is acting like we’re singing, acting like we praying, and acting like we’re LISTENING. And, when the final curtain is called…. We’re not going to make the cut. Revelation 3:15-16 – “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”
I spent 50 years believing that I was a fairly good Christian, not realizing that I was ill prepared, and frankly, going through the motions. I followed the rules, but it was mechanical, and I didn’t understand what I was doing, or why? I felt like I knew the Bible; the gospels; and was pretty decent at praying; and I believe that my heart was in it. The problem was this; I didn’t have the comprehension aspects clear. I didn’t understand the meaning behind the why’s and wherefores. These, in and of themselves… was, well ok…to an extent. I was not trying to improve my knowledge of the Bible; I was not trying to understand what Jesus was saying; and I made NO EFFORT to find out. I was not being AGGRESSIVE about UNDERSTANDING “the Word.” Consequently, I was ill prepared. It was like bluffing your way through a job interview, when you had no real clue as to what was going on.
All of that is DIFFERENT today. I am PAYING ATTENTION, and I am STUDYING the Bible. I have raised my COMMITMENT level, and I CARE. I’m not suggesting that “I have arrived,” rather, I’m suggesting that I’m still on the journey, but now I know how to read the map. You could say that I am studying for the “big exam.” 2 Corinthians 13:5 – Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! A friend of mine recently said; “If you can’t talk about Jesus, then you don’t know him.” …Blessings…cjlb… 10/23/14.