These following two readings came up in a single day, one in the UCB Word for today, and the other in my children’s Topz daily notes. In fact I was thinking through the Deuteronomy one whilst the Proverb came along. I do love when that happens… I need the message loud and clear, and clearly God knows that!
Proverbs 28:18 (The Message)
“If you care for your orchard, you’ll enjoy its fruit; if you honor your boss, you’ll be honored.”
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 (NLT)
“Today LORD your God has commanded you to obey all these decrees and regulations. So be careful to obey them wholeheartedly. You have declared today that the LORD is your God. And you have promised to walk in his ways, and to obey his decrees, commands, and regulations, and to do everything he tells you. The LORD has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands. And if you do, he will set you high above all the other nations he has made. Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown. You will be a nation that is holy to the LORD your God, just as he promised.”
So what is it about? In my mind it’s speaking about not cutting corners, in anything. From keeping your house tidy, to finishing off a bit of paid work to the best of your ability. It’s easy to think that it’s just about doing the right thing at church, or just treating people right, but this is also saying it matters to God that you give your best at home to your wife and kids. At work it matters too; not just in doing your best work, but also not gossiping, or bitching about the boss. The latter is why I chose the message version – quite clear about the boss! It occurs to me that the boss will be different people at different times – line manager(s), board members, vicar/pastor, team captain, wife, etc.
If you’ve read Codelife this fits well in IV – I will not cheat in anything, personal or professional. If you’ve not read or heard about Codelife yet, go and have a look at Codelife.org for more on that.
There are two sides to this though, in both of these texts. …you’ll enjoy the fruit; you’ll be honoured (Proverbs) Then you will receive praise, honor, and renown (Deuteronomy). Do your best in everything, do everything He tells you (literally in Deuteronomy), and you will receive praise and honour. We’re not promising great riches here, the honour maybe only in heaven, but that is for eternity… Anyone told you to play the long game? Well there it is.