AN UNDERCOVER BOSS

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges, he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. [Philippians 2:5-8 (NLT)]

taos, NMEvery employee wants to have a good boss. Unfortunately, the CEOs of some large firms can be out-of-touch with many of their employees; the executive suite is a world away from the mail room or warehouse. While they may understand the bottom line, many CEOs have no idea how their businesses function on a day-to-day basis. In the television show, “Undercover Boss,” high-ranking executives disguise themselves, assume an alias and cover story, and then work undercover in their own companies. Taking such jobs as cashier, clerk, line cook, delivery person, or maintenance man, they learn what it is like for the rank and file in their large corporations. Later, the executives reveal their identities and meet with the workers they encountered in the covert operations. The one to two week experience usually results in better training and improved working conditions for the employees and a change of attitude for the executives. Perhaps, after their experience, those “undercover” bosses might find themselves mentioned in the next Glassdoor survey of best bosses. From their surveys, the employment site has concluded that the best CEOs are accessible, dedicated, have a well-defined vision for their business, clearly communicate that vision to their employees, and convey to each worker the role he or she has in reaching those goals.

Jesus, of course, was the first undercover boss. He gave up his divinity to become human and deal with all the problems mankind encounters. Our divine boss understands the human dilemma—not only did He create us, but He also lived as one of us and even struggled with temptation. I doubt that we’ll ever see Donald Trump take on the role of doorman or Oprah Winfrey work as a studio intern, yet God humbled himself enough to become a man, and a poor working man at that! Our boss is accessible—all we have to do is call on Him in prayer. His door is open to even the lowliest of sinners. Our boss certainly is dedicated—from the Old Testament, we know that He never gave up on the Israelites and, from the New Testament, we know He hasn’t given up on us. Our boss has given us a clear vision of what He wants: we are to glorify God by living our lives in relationship with and faithful service to Him. The Bible is better than an employee handbook in telling us how to achieve that goal. Best yet, our boss didn’t leave us floundering around on our own—instead of better training or nicer working conditions, He gave us a personal helper in the person of the Holy Spirit to teach, guide, empower, strengthen, comfort and even correct us when we are wrong.

In Glassdoor’s 2015 survey, Larry Page of Google and Mark Parker of Nike won top CEO honors with 97% approval ratings. Although my heavenly CEO doesn’t sign my paycheck, I love working for Him and He gets a 100% approval rating from me. Besides, He offers a fantastic retirement program!

God knows what each one of us is dealing with. He knows our pressures. He knows our conflicts. And He has made a provision for each and every one of them. That provision is Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit, indwelling us and empowering us to respond rightly. [Kay Arthur]

Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” [Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)]

But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. [John 14:26 (NLT)]

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