Saturday, March 2, 2024

Orange Moon Saturday, March 2, 2024 "Three Words"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"Three Words"

"We are not the triune God, but we also are not without the triune God."



      I recently read about a company that asks every applicant during job interviews to define themselves in three words.  One can imagine the variety of responses, which led me to ponder how born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ might answer.

    Many possibilities could be appropriate.  The one that most occurs to me involves the truth of how completely our existence and lives lie in the existence of God and His life.

    "He is thy life" (Deuteronomy 30:20)

    "It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves" (Psalm 100:3).

    "In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).

    "By Him all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).

    "To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21).

    In this light of how completely God saturates and supplies our being and existence, and if we could answer in terms of His truth without being disqualified from consideration, I think "Father, Son, Spirit" might be a viable response in defining ourselves.  Of course, we are not the triune God, but we also are not without the triune God.  That is, He so forms and informs our existence, and so involves Himself in "all things," we cannot possibly view ourselves rightly apart from the realization of our Lord as the center and circumference of our being (Ephesians 1:11; Romans 8:28-29).

   Rare in these times would be the employer who would comfortably hear such a response (or hire the one who offered it).  However, if one answered "Father, Son, Spirit" with genuine understanding of what he means in terms of Scripture and as led by the Holy Spirit, anyone who welcomed him into their enterprise would be greatly blessed.  They would emply a genuinely unselfish person devoted to God and people, and determined to work and relate accordingly.  That person would preach the Gospel sparingly by words, recognizing the workplace for what it is in most cases and being "wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16).  However, he would preach the Gospel continually and vibrantly by countenance, attitude, actions, work habits, and devotion to being the best employee and co-worker possible.  He would greatly respect supervisors and executives of the enterprise, realizing that submission to human authority directly reflects submission to Divine authority.   He would unselfishly relate to fellow employees, performing his duties well, and helping others whenever necessary.  Indeed, he would perceive himself as laboring in the Lord's vineyard, regardless of the venue and nature of the earthly workplace in which he employs his efforts.  

    "Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ.  Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers, but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men" (Ephesians 6:5-7).

    We can only properly define ourselves in the light of God and His Scripturally-defined reality.  We might not respond in a job interview as this essay suggests regarding the most reality-based perception of ourselves.  However, we certainly want to act accordingly in the workplace.  The same truth applies to everything in our lives.  We are fish that live in the ocean that is God.  We can only "swim" rightly and effectually as we recognize and submit ourselves to the great fact of our existence.  "Father, Son, Spirit" defines every human being, whether known or not, just as the triune God made and sustains the being of all.  The believer knows this, and has been redeemed into reality for "doing service as to the Lord" in every venue of our lives…

"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

(I Corinthians 10:31)

"For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen."

(Romans 11:36)

Weekly Memory Verse

    Pray without ceasing.

(I Thessalonians 5:17)


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