Years ago when you hired someone to do a job, a handshake was enough.  The expectations were laid on the table.  The person being hired to do the job knew what was expected of them.  The payment was agreed upon and the handshake sealed the deal.  People were expected to stay true to their commitment.

Nowadays we see contracts with hundreds of pages that lay out every small detail of expectation.  Attorneys comb through the wording and make sure it is clear that it means what it says to both parties.  There are consequences for not completing the work and consequences for canceling the contract.

Why can’t people just do what is expected of them?  If someone is hired for a job, why can’t people just keep their word and work hard for the employer just because they want to do a good job and show themselves worthy of the confidence placed in them?  Why can’t people just work hard because it’s the right thing to do?

When we accept Christ as our savior and walk with Him, we have made a commitment.  We are promising to love God with all our heart and to love others and spread God’s word to everyone.  We have a new expectation as a Christian.  We have a job to do and we should want to do that job for our Boss to the best of our ability to make Him proud.  And He promises us that He will love us and be with us every step of our life and the reward is eternity in heaven.

Who wouldn’t want this job!! In 2 Corinthians 5:20, Paul tells us that we are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We are the hands and feet of Christ to show a suffering world how they can find peace.

If your contract as an ambassador for Christ was up for renewal, would the work you have done be such that your contract would be renewed?

We’re self-employed.  We are in charge of how we serve the Lord and carry out our commitment.  Let’s get busy upholding up our end of the deal.  No handshake required.  Just a heart-shake for life.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Colossians 3:23.