Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles.
Luke 6:13 (NKJV)
Jesus had personnel decisions to make: supporting roles to cast. Judging from the Books of Luke and John (chapter 6), He was traveling with a large number of disciples. Cuts were made for the final casting of the twelve apostles. Once done, He also chose His top three, an inner circle.
Surely one of the greatest challenges of our lives is the selection of employees, associates, and friends. Great decisions add immeasurable benefit to our lives. Poor choices torment us. God's Book is our Instruction Manual that guides us in every way. God knows the dilemmas we face.
Choosing a person to trust is a big one.
'The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?' (Jeremiah 17:9).
Here's the thing: Since 'No man can tame the tongue' (James 3:8), Jesus says 'words' are one way to make good personnel decisions; 'For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks' (Luke 6:45). But what about silver-tongued liars, who 'Speak great swelling words of emptiness' (2 Peter 2:18)?
God invites us to look deeper at a potential employee, friend, or even spouse--to look at the fruit of his life: 'For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit... A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil' (Luke 6:43-45).
In other words, look behind the person who presents himself to you. What's back there? What legacy did he leave in other jobs or relationships? Does he have a fan club of fruitful lives that he has tended? Or does he have a thorny past filled with people who do not sing his praises?
In terms of a Christian considered for an important role in your life or company, is he walking the walk of Christ? Or the opposite: 'But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?' (Luke 6:46).
So, here's a summary about making personnel decisions God's way: 1) Listen closely. Sooner or later, the heart of a potential ally or enemy will reveal itself through his words. 2) Do a background check: look at his legacy (fruit) in other jobs or relationships; it will be good or bad. 3) If he claims to be a Christian, is he walking the walk of Christ to his best ability?