Two principles that established me as I worked in “Graphic Design and Publishing” and enabled me to serve confidently in both the private and public sectors are”
1. Having a clear identity in Jesus. Knowing who you are in Him. A son/daughter. Rest. Confidence.
2. Having a clear direction…knowing that I am a steward and will give an account of my stewardship one day to the One who loves me enough to give His life for me.
Jesus demonstrates both these principles as He washes the feet of His disciples.
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God.
A CLEAR IDENTITY
And He was going back to God.
A CLEAR DIRECTION
We see both principles as Jesus travels through Jericho on His way to Jerusalem to die willingly on a cross and fulfill the Father’s plan for humanity.
Luke 19:1-10 A day in the life of Jesus.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.
Zaachaeus’ name means pure, righteous one. A customs agent for Rome. Efficient. Organized. Aggressive because his life depended on keeping the Romans happy.
Rich - Dishonest? Corrupt? Hated? A traitor amongst his own people?
3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
He is outwardly rich but inwardly poor. Never go by appearances. He was curious and wanted to see Jesus for himself. A divine appointment was about to happen.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.
Jesus calls Zacchaeus personally in the natural course of daily life. He demonstrates undeserved love.
Jesus started His day in prayer…see…say…do. Prepared Him for the activities of each day.
7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
Jesus is not moved off His mission by people who are upset. He is a friend of sinners but not a sinner’s friend. He calls us to repentance.
8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”
A public repentance. I will give 50% of my money to the poor…God only asks for a tithe and we struggle with that.
Repay four fold - worth-ship in action. His worldview has completely changed. Restitution.
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.
Zacchaeus, his family, and servants receive salvation through Jesus’ willingness to live on mission.
Imagine Jericho after Jesus changed Zacchaeus’ life?
Honest now. Not corrupt. Fair in his dealings.
The whole community benefited from this workplace moment.
I led a co-worker to Christ when I worked at Parks Canada. It resulted in his marriage being healed, his children coming to Christ and eventually he became a pastor.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Be clear and confident about your identity and destination.
Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!