Rev 3:22 (NIV) “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Story Of The Remote Employee
Imagine you are hired to open up an office in Nova Scotia. Your new boss gives you a high-tech looking two-way radio, a policy and procedure manual, and tells you that you will receive instructions once you arrive, and off you go. Upon arrival you hear your boss’s voice over the radio, saying, “I will communicate to you through this radio unit. But take note: our competitors, our enemies, also have access to this channel. They will try to impersonate my voice with false messages to thwart our purposes.” “Oh no!” you panic, “Then how will I know if it is you or the enemy giving me instructions?”
Your boss’s voice comes back over the radio: “Three ways. First, considering the situation, check every message supposedly from me against the policy and procedure manual. Since I wrote it, I’m not likely to ask you to violate it, right? Also, if I am not talking, don’t focus in on the noise, pretending that I am. If I am not speaking, let the manual be your guide. Don’t let any impersonating voice mislead you, or your own overactive imagination.”
“Second, since the Manual does not cover every situation, you will have to get to know my voice. I know, this will take time, and so I am not likely to ask you to do anything radical until we both have some low-risk successes under our belts. Remember, I understand the situation perfectly well, so I’ll go slow at first. A time will come when I will be able to tell you to do the wildest things, and you will know it is me. In the short-term, you must be trained through low-risk experience.”
“Third, over time, my overall purpose for your work will begin to come into focus. You will begin to see the grand strategy in the policy and procedure manual, and the overall pattern of my true instructions. When this happens, you’ll know instantly if what you hear through your unit is ‘of me’, just your imagination, or enemy misinformation. False instructions will begin to appear silly to you then. So take heart, and get to work.”
After reflecting on this a few moments, you hear your boss’s voice again on the radio unit. “Take all of the money from petty cash and give it the next person that walks in, no questions asked.” Hmmm… You look in the policy and procedure manual, and this is specifically forbidden. Besides, you know your boss wouldn’t tell you to do something that risky right off. And also there was an certain “twang” to the voice, an appeal to something different within you, and a plan that was not in the long-term interests of the company. So, even though you are on a hostile channel, you are beginning to have hope that you can indeed do this job.
Friends and family of CAC, IF you negligently miss church services, you are effectively shutting off your “Radio.”
Brothers of CAC, IF you negligently opt out of attending events like the Men’s Retreat this weekend, (meaning you’re able to go, but simply refuse), you’re about to make a big mistake by powering down your “Radio” just before an urgent life message!
Bro. Jason Carr is bringing communication from God to equip and empower Godly men. It’s not too late to make plans to head to Glacier View Ranch after work tomorrow (Friday) and HEAR God’s word, enjoy amazing fellowship, and be refreshed for the journey. Please contact Dominick Porquis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details and for last-minute registrations.
Ladies AND gentlemen, don’t miss this Sunday AM & PM! Rev. Carr is our guest speaker at CAC Denver. Revival continues as God’s people “stay tuned” to what the Spirit is saying to the church!
May it never be said of us:
Zech 7:11-13 (NIV) “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and stopped up their ears. They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen… So the Lord Almighty was very angry. “When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen,’ says the Lord Almighty.”