But it’s better to be an outward Christian and be limited, than a closet Christian and be successful.
Every once in a while I will hear about a great sports star or celebrity being interviewed and during the course of the interview, they thank the Lord for giving them the ability to do the remarkable and sometimes miraculous things they do. It’s refreshing in today’s self-centered world. It’s also, more often than not, an active career killer. But it’s better to be an outward Christian and be limited, than a closet Christian and be successful.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
As many of you know, I have a normal nine to five job as an HR assistant/payroll person. What all of you, except for my Catherine who reads this regularly, may not know, is that it is an assignment from a temp agency. I will not bore you with the rigamarole of how I ended up there, but I thank God for it every single day, not just for it allowing me to pay my bills, but because it reminds me to stay humble.
I am not trying to boast here, but I am good at working with computers. I am an idiot-savant in that way. My boss and I actually discussed how quickly I learned not only the payroll program, but the inventory program as well. Then she remarked, but you can’t seem to get your own time in and out right. It was quite humorous. With this weird knack I have been gifted with, you’d think they’d make me permanent since I have been there since November, but they haven’t.
You see this temp assignment, for me, is a lot like the thorn in Paul’s side. He prayed for God to remove it, but God used the thorn to keep Paul humble and not boastful about who He was or how good of a Christian he was. More importantly, it drew Paul closer to Him. Now history never tells us whether or not God removed the thorn from Paul, but Paul was thankful for and grateful for it and continued on his course for the Lord.
I can honestly tell you that I have many people praying for me to get permanency, and I cannot begin to express how thankful I am for those prayers. I pray for it myself. Everyone from the COO of the company to one of the owners has told me already that it will happen, it’s just a matter of determining my duties under the new inventory control and timekeeping system. But I don’t trust in them, I trust in the Lord. His grace is sufficient, and right now His grace has provided a job with which I can make ends meet and take care of what I have to take care of. So I will boast in the fact for my nine to five job, I am a temp. But my real job is a lot like Paul’s, I write for the Lord.