Read: Luke 12:13-34
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Matthew 13:44-46 NASB
My first day working for the Senator was an eventful one, to say the least. Our Regional Director had been having computer problems for a little over a week and had come into the office on that particular morning to find that her computer had crashed. Completely. The result was that, instead of spending the morning training me, she spent most of her time on the phone with the Senate IT tech trying to figure out how to restart the system. At one point, this required that she retrieve the computer’s serial number from her CPU.
This was rather a dilemma, since the CPU was neatly and irretrievable stashed behind her desk. In order to reach it, she had to clear everything off her desk, moving it into the office’s other nooks and crannies. Then, to get far enough behind her desk to read the number, she had to lean over the top and flip upside down behind it. I remember smiling as I watched her standing on her head, talking to the tech (who was privy to the entire process via speaker-phone).
“I think this is a Kodak moment,” I said with a grin.
“It had better not be,” she threatened, “or your six month review won’t be pretty.”
As complex as computers are, my boss’ situation was really quite a simple one. She had something she needed (a computer that worked) and she was willing to do whatever was necessary to get it (hanging upside down behind her desk)… even if it looked a little silly.
Unfortunately, many times, we as Christians are more concerned with what we look like, than with what we need. Scripture tells us that we should take care when it comes to setting our priorities. While it is pleasant to have the respect of others, if that becomes our primary focus, we will lose what really matters: the approval of God.
Challenge: The next time you find yourself asking what others will think, take a moment to ask what God thinks. Then, act upon the latter. The rewards will be far beyond what you can imagine!