What's My Line?
by Lori Heine
There used to be a TV show called What’s My Line? in which celebrity contestants would try to guess what guests did for a living. It was usually something exciting and glamorous. Often they had “mystery guests,” who were big stars. Of course, if they’d done boring stuff every day, they would never have gotten on TV.
In our society, we’ve always found famous people more fascinating than ourselves. There are not a lot of glamour jobs out there. Most of us get stuck doing things, to make ends meet, that don’t excite us. Some of us are actually ashamed of what we do. The luminaries we see in the media set the standards, for us, of which occupations are important and which are not.
Class reunions can be especially painful. It seems all the kids we grew up with – even the losers – have become big-shots. They drive up in expensive cars, and they boast about their glorious careers. When they ask what we’ve been doing lately, we may mumble something we hope doesn’t sound too pathetic, as we wither under their patronizing smiles. Will we ever make anything of ourselves we can be proud of, or will we end up wasting our potential?
At times like that, we need a reality check. We should remind ourselves who our real Boss is. As Christians, we all work for Jesus Christ. Our company is the oldest in the world. And no matter how humble our position might be, we are indispensable to its success.
Our line is the most important one there is. We work for a company that feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, clothes the naked and fights for justice all over the globe. Without us, this planet would be a desperate and barbaric place.
It isn’t what we do to make money that defines who we are. It’s what God made us to be – and what “He” has called us to become. Whether we were blessed with one talent or ten, we have the opportunity to increase our yield a hundredfold, in ways that make others’ lives better. Sometimes our efforts make the very difference between life and death.
“I am the vine,” Jesus tells us in John Chapter 15, “you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…”
No matter how high-powered a job we land, we’ll never find another employer who loves us like that. “You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
Loyalty, in our hyper-ambitious and cutthroat world, is scarce. Not many employees can trust their bosses anymore, and no matter how important their jobs may be, none of them are very secure. Contrary to the situation many LGBT workers face, we also never need to worry about being fired for our orientation – no matter what some judgmental religious people may tell us – because God made us exactly the way we are. “You did not choose me, but I chose and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
What’s our line? We’re children of the living God. And talk about job security! That’s one career that will last forever.
© 2013 Lori Heine
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