You know how when you are sick your head can feel like a block of wood? Well, I was taking a shower, and soaping up my skull, and thought, “Oh my poor head…” Then it occurred to me, “It isn’t mine. It belongs to God. He has just given it to me to use for His glory, and instead, most of the time I use it to please myself, and the rest of the meat suit He loaned me.” I asked Him to forgive me, and use me for His glory.
I don’t know how other people go to work this sick, without getting worse, and ending up in the hospital. I used to go to work sick, back before I had sick leave. I’d work until I passed out. I had a fever so bad once working grocery, I came home, and started seeing things. I had bronchitis so bad I passed out and fell into a pile of broken palettes next to the bailing machine. Thank God I didn’t get stabbed by one. My boss at the time was a Christian woman. I was hyperventilating and couldn’t stop. She prayed for me, in front of about 5 other coworkers, and my breathing went back to normal. She gave me $50.00 of her own money and sent me home.
I had 3 little kids and a wife to take care of at the time. Back then $50.00 would have been about a days wages after taxes. She told me to go to the doctor, and she would help me out. I felt bad that I couldn’t take care of my family. I didn’t let her pay for the doctor bill. I took time to pay it off on my own. If she were not a Christian, I doubt she would have helped me. People tend to watch you like a herd of animals. They see the wolves pulling you down after a long hard fight, but don’t care as long as it isn’t them.
We aren’t under the same laws as the animals. The laws of nature don’t make the predator evil for eating his prey. It is just the way of nature. We are under a different law. God has given us the moral so we can know His holiness, and our lack of it. We are not holy or righteous outside of Christ. Christ left us with 2 commandments in regards to the 10 of the moral law. James 2:8, “If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well.”
If you are in Christ, then the Holy Spirit is in you. You are able to resist the devil. You are able to make no provision for the lusts of the flesh. You are able to love others, because while you and I were sinners Christ died for us.
My boss back then put money in her savings account to help people with. She set a percentage of her pay back every payday for the sole purpose of loving others as herself. It is different having sick leave and vacation time paid for by an employer, not because they are in Christ, but because a union made them do it. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate the leave, but it means so much more coming from someone who loves Jesus. That boss I worked for back then has long since died. I wonder how many others have worked for a Christian boss? I hope you all have a merry Christmas, and seek to show the love of Christ to those around you.
ps, gubbermint and socialized programs are no substitute for the love of Christ lived out by His Bride and body.