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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Staff (01/31/13)

TITLE: Employment Vacancies
By Olawale Ogunsola
02/05/13


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My Father's world-wide business is animal husbandry specialises in rearing of sheep, whom He loves immeasurably, so He daily looks for staff to work as His shepherds.

He does not emphasise academic qualifications first, if He considers it, and neither age nor sex are any barrier to Him.

One interesting aspect is that even people with formal qualifications must be willing to accept the training He offers to all His staff.

He loves teamwork, because He places equal value on every aspect of the work He gives His shepherds to do, and engages people into various offices, which include:
* Seeking or searching the lost
* Bringing back those driven away
* Binding up the broken
* Healing the sick and
* Strengthening the weak.

Do you know what?

My Father defines the scope of each person's work. He does not expect His employees to go beyond his assignment, for He knows the measure of each worker.

He is a righteous Employer.

Every staff member is given his entitlements as at when due because His wealth is limitless.

He also provides every shepherd, at least with help to lead His flock.

However, these people fall into various groups.

Those who refuse to go to work according to the plans of my Father.

Those who are idle. This group always go to work but they are doing nothing.

Some are foolish. These people not only lack the right knowledge, but reject it when offered. They will not only suffer but perish if they fail to change.

A group are murmurers, complainers and grumblers. They always have reasons to do these. Among them are fault-finders who never appreciate anything my Father gives them.

There are those who give endless excuses for any failure or misdeeds, excuse is their escape route. Encourage them with a single sentence, and they will give you ten excuses why it cannot work.

Another group are those that want their wages upfront. They tell my Father, "You must give us our wages before we start to work."
One man even wanted to be promised a Limo within five years or he would not start working at all!

There are others that have left their shepherd's staff to use that of another. It does not work for them. They also forsake their own office to covet other people's office who they think are succeeding.

Those who go to wrong locations. These do not receive their rewards because they are not where they have been sent.

There are those who think they are occupied for my Father but my Father does not engage them in such a work.

Who will pay their wages?

Some employees have been faithful and hardworking in the past because their effort has weaned, they are now radiating in their past glory.

There are also those who are enemies within. They are people who think that they know everything, as experts, about my Father's business rules, regulations, principles and policies which they interprete to the detriment of the business.

Thank God that there are those who are still faithful, dedicated and trustworthy doing what was assigned to them. Those that are wise who my Father will meet doing His work in the place where He wants them to and how He wants them to do it. They work to satisfy Him only.

Are you already one of my Father's staff or will you like to be one? If "yes", then,
*Be full of faith;
*Be full of the Holy Spirit;
*Be of good reputation;
*Be filled with wisdom, knowledge and understanding;
*Fear the Lord;
*Patiently wait for my Father who never fails.
*Ask, "Heavenly Father, lead me to where you want me to work for you."

Go to work and be faithful to Him. He will pay you what is right and your gratuity and pension will be paid when He comes to take you to where He has gone to prepare a home for you!


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CD Swanson 02/08/13
Beautiful and powerful devotional. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/13
I really enjoyed this creative piece. So many have talked of Jesus and his staff this week, but they mainly meant the stick type of staff. I think your concept is a brilliant take on the topic.

I did notice a few little things, that for me, interrupted the flow. Take your opening line for example:
This may seem like nitpicking, but I mention it because it did make me stop and reread it several times. One may think eliminating a tiny word like is and using commas instead wouldn't make much of a difference but because you have two verbs (is and specialises) that fight with each other it can make the reader stumble. One way to fix it would be this: My Father's world-wide business, animal husbandry, specializes in rearing sheep.
By doing it this way, you get rid of the passive word is and it flows differently.

Little things like that can be easily fixed if you decide to revise this and use it elsewhere, however, it doesn't distract from your message at all. You do a great job of pulling me in and making me think. Your ending was great too, though I don't think you need the bullet points at the end because you did a great job of making those exact points earlier. When an author speaks directly to the reader (Do you know what? And ...will you be one?) can have the opposite effect than intended and it might feel preachy instead. I think the last paragraph nicely wraps up your message and leaves the reader with a sense of hope and a longing to be a member of the Father's staff. I want to stress that though it might feel like I'm being super fussy, the reason for that is because I can feel your passion in your words. You have an intense desire to help others find the same sense of peace that you know. It brings tears to my eyes as I read it and I have no doubt that this piece, and other stories that God invites you to write on his behalf will reach more hearts in more ways than you can ever imagine. This is one of the gifts God has given you and I have been blessed by your words so please keep writing and know my comments are only meant to help you become the best writer you can be. Thank you for helping me start out the day motivated to be a staff member for Jesus, how cool is that? :-)