Faith Debugged

Spiritual Insights from an Exterminator

You’re Fired

I sat watching one of our techs walk out of the office shocked that that day was his last day working with our company. It felt like death. The quietness fell in that building so deep, it was a trudge to walk to our truck. The relationships that were formed were crushed. The security of financial backing was washed up. Being fired from a job is devastating. A world in complete order gets tossed around into sheer chaos.

This is exactly what happened to my life just mere days ago. Without warning, I was told I wasn’t needed anymore. Six months of termite studies, two state certifications, one state license, customer service experience, and given to my craft obliterated in one simple sentence by one person with power.

Being a man of faith, I’m thankful that the one with ultimate power has no desire to sit me down and say, “Kevin, I have to let you go.” I’ve messed up more in my spiritual life than I have in my work life. I’ve done more intentional wrongs toward God than I have toward my workplace. I’ve been more devoted to my work in pest control than I have to God at times and still I have never heard God tell me He has to let me go.

Pest control can be a seasonal job. So can our work in God. There are times when we don’t feel like being a Christian. We don’t feel like praying. We don’t feel like being nice to someone. We’d rather get on the internet than read our bible. We’d rather ignore someone who’s in need. There are seasons in our walk where we feel far from God because of our own doings. II Timothy says preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.

Our walk with God can sometimes be seasonal too, but I don’t have a God who fires me because He thinks I’m not wanted when I’m in an off-season. I am always wanted by God. You are always wanted by God. If you’re feeling the same way, if you’ve been fired from something you love, If you feel like you’ve lost it all and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no answers, no feelings of joy, you ARE wanted… by God and you will never be let go.

 

Romans 8:35-39

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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December 13, 2011 Posted by | devotion | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dirty Jobs

 

Where there’s work, there’s gonna be dirt

 

I thought these very words as I treated a house for termites. The lady was very particular on not having any dirt tracked into her basement as I treated her front porch. I understand this concept but not on a rainy day where she insisted that I treat her house on such a mucky day. I wanted to reschedule but she had a different idea. She wanted her house treated. She was adamant about it too. It was a little aggravating knowing what was gonna happen and I knew she didn’t want that. On top of that, she left me with little room to work under her porch. A job that had been scheduled for a week and she couldn’t clean out her stuff so I could have room to work.

I’m not sure how customers can think that if there is gonna be work involved a mess is not gonna be made. If a drill is gonna be used, dust will be created. If it’s raining outside, mud will happen. If chemicals are being used, a drip will occur. It’s inevitable, where there’s work, there’s gonna be dirt.

I think the christian life is a lot of work and where there’s work… well you’re getting it. When we were born, we were born into sin. Yeah I used the “s” word. That’s for another chapter in my book. I digress. After birth, the world began its duty of molding us into the clay pot it wants us to be. We learn how to be stingy, selfish, angry, manipulative, argumentative, deceitful, money hungry, and lovers of the flesh.

After receiving the knowledge of salvation through Christ Jesus, he robes us with righteousness, and begins the sanctification process on our lives to shatter what the world previously molded. This creates dust, and dirt, and pain that we don’t like. It hurts to have God begin a work in us and continue that work till the Day of the Lord. (Phil. 1:6) This work never stops until we are perfected in the presence of God. Until then God works in us to break us of all impurities and He begins to mold us to His ways so that we become a beautiful piece of pottery that He may boast in His creation and through His creation He may receive glory.

We are each being molded into perfection. We should consider one another as we “work” together to understand that some parts aren’t broken yet, some parts are being broken, some parts are already broken and being molded, in which case some parts are farther along than others in the molding process. God is working on each and every one of us. May we remember the work that is being put into us and consider where there is work, there’s gonna be dirt!

November 25, 2010 Posted by | devotion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment