Conditions of Service
Lord Jesus, in the storms of my life, speak Your word and my heart will be stilled. I bless Your name.
Read Isaiah 43:1-13
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“The constancy of God’s love can never cease to be a source of amazement, not only to ancient Israel, but also to the twenty-first century Christian” (Arthur E. Cundall).
The college where I am at present a visiting lecturer has been developing a staff handbook, and at the last faculty meeting everyone was examining the small print carefully. What will be expected of me and what can I expect from the college? In one sense the whole of these chapters could be seen as a “staff handbook” for God’s chosen servants. This section, in particular, concentrates on what an obedient Israel can expect from their contract (covenant) with God and mentions briefly what he expects from them.
The job description is pretty clear; they are to be “witnesses” to the God of Israel (10,12), responsible for telling and showing the world who he is. The implications of this are not spelled out here, but it necessarily involves bringing “glory” (7) to God. As we learn elsewhere, this means living in such a way that people will realize that God is holy, just and loving, and demands exclusive worship.
The “employment benefits” for witnesses are given in much greater detail. They will be redeemed (remember that the people were in exile), but the past tense is used (1) to show that this result is absolutely certain. They are not to fear, because it is as if this has already occurred. Whatever happens in life, God will stay with them and will protect them (2,5). They will always be immensely valued and loved (3,4); in one sense, the greatest benefit is being allowed to do the job assigned. Not everyone has the joy of doing a job they love–and getting paid for it–but when you do, it is wonderful! What a privilege to be allowed to know, to be a servant of, and a witness to the great and glorious God that Isaiah writes about!
Think about what you see as the benefits and requirements in the job description for your life as a Christian.
Mighty God, You have given me much, and I know much is required of me. I ask for opportunities today to share that You are my God.