He directed two of his disciples, “Go into the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him. Ask the owner of whichever house he enters, “The Teacher wants to know, ‘Where is my guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’” He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare for us there. (Mark 14:13-15, MSG)
Since I’m Daddy to two daughters, I enjoyed the annual Take Your Daughter to Work Day when they were still at home. After moving away, one daughter even continued the tradition by writing and voicing my syndicated radio show for that week.
If you take your faith seriously at work, every day is Take Your Jesus to Work Day, right?
Most of us read this passage from Mark and marvel at the faith of the disciples to go and do what Jesus asked. Follow the water bearer to a house. Ask the home owner, “Where’s our Passover room?”
Sure, you have to trust Jesus to follow someone you don’t know and ask a presumptuous question of a perfect stranger about using his guest room.
And yet what if you considered this passage from the perspective of the water bearer and the home owner? You can relate as an employee and a business person.
What’s your reaction when someone you don’t know stalks you at work?
A tad uncomfortable?
What’s your reaction if that same someone comes to the counter or your cubicle and wants to know, “Where’s my room?”
How fast can you dial 9-1-1?
Evidently the water bearer and the home owner took their faith to work as much or even more than the disciples.
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Mark records no questions from the home owner like, “Who is your Teacher? And what business does he have eating the Passover meal in my guest room?”
Give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he recognized the disciples from a recent, nearby healing experience.
Or, maybe he was spiritually sensitive enough to hear behind the request for a room. Perhaps he looked for God to show up at work on a daily basis. He expected God to be present in his work.
Do you expect Jesus to walk through the doors of your business any day?
How will you recognize him?
If he asks for something, will he get it?
You take your Jesus to work when you expect him to show up.
The author of Hebrews writes about entertaining angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2). What if the same were true about Jesus?
As you expect Jesus to show up at work, how does that transform the way you interact with customers or teammates?
Would you engage Jesus differently than you would another first-time customer? Roll out the red-carpet? Whatever he wants he gets?
That first-time customer could be Jesus in disguise, you know…
You take your Jesus to work when you engage others as you would Jesus.
Mark says the disciples asked for a guest room and that it would be a spacious second-story room, swept and ready.
Ready for what?
Entertaining guests, of course.
If you expect to engage Jesus at work, you are ready to entertain him. To see to his needs. To care for his comfort. You provide hospitality.
If I asked your customers and team members how hospitably you entertain them, how would they rate you? Highly hospitable? Or very irritable?
To increase your faith with greater joy at work so you love God and others more, expect Jesus to show up at any moment. Engage everyone as if they are Jesus. Entertain customers and teammates like you would the Savior of the universe.
Work Faith Positive in this negative world.
Dr. Joey Faucette
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