Jesus' Employment Contract

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The Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes

  Blessed are the poor in spirit,
     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are they who mourn,
     for they will be comforted.
 Blessed are the meek,
     for they will inherit the land.
  Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
     for they will be satisfied.
 Blessed are the merciful,
     for they will be shown mercy.
 Blessed are the clean of heart,
     for they will see God.
 Blessed are the peacemakers,
     for they will be called children of God.
 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

This morning as I read this familiar passage on the Beatitudes, the idea popped into my head that this is really the equivalent of Jesus' "Employment Contract."   This thought is undoubtedly prompted by my work as Veteran employment mentor and advocate.  I think about, talk about, and write about employment topics a lot.  Regardless, this is just another way of understanding the call of Jesus in my life. 

 Jesus says ...

  • Be "poor in spirit," recognizing, acknowledging, and accepting that life is too hard "to do" on your own,  but nothing is impossible for God.  Rely to me for support. 
  • Accept that mourning is part of the job of living.  Loss.  Disappointment.  Darkness.  Desolation.  Just plain sadness are part of the human experience.   Turn to me for comfort. 
  • Be meek.  Be peaceful and gentle.  Do not seek to argue or fight.  Be patient and not resentful, even when you are hurt.  Be mine and the good will be yours.
  •  Seek the good as much as food and water.   I will provide.
  •  Be merciful.  Treat others with kindness, forgiveness, compassion.  Help relieve their suffering.  Show mercy and my mercy will be yours.
  • Be clean of heart.  Choose me over evil.  Strive for the good.  Return when you stray.  You will see me. 
  • Make, encourage, and stand for peace.  You will be seen as one of mine. 
  • Accept my yoke.  Follow my teachings.  Follow me.    My kingdom of heaven, will be yours.
  • Accept that following me isn't always popular.  Take heart.  Find gladness, not sadness.   There is ultimate reward.

 Lord, please let me live as yours.  Help me not to forget that you have given me work to do, guidance on getting it done, and a wonderful retirement plan.  

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