Are You Qualified?
I read of an advertisement recently offering a job to a single man. The advertisement read as follows:
As you read to the bottom of the advertisement, you see that the salary is one of the lowest being offered. How many of you would be attracted by such an offer?
WANTED. A young, energetic, and dedicated man. Exposure to heat, humidity, rain, mud, millions of biting mosquitoes, poisonous plants, barbed wire, and hard work a part of the job.
Here is another advertisement which is found in the New Testament which I have slightly rewritten:
If that were all that was promised, would you apply for the job?
WANTED. An energetic, hard-working and dedicated New Covenant Christian to serve in the Priesthood. Exposure to insults, riddicule, persecution, distress, sorrow a part of the job. Patience, even-temperedness, fairness, lovingness, kindness, faithfulness, honesty, chastity and purity required for the job.
Only persons with a knowledge of the Scriptures and complete faith in God's promises would ever apply for such a job. Now the first advertisement wasn't very attractive, was it? But a similar job was once offered to our great patriarch Jacob. In return he was given two beautiful wives and two handmaidens who were to becone our forefathers. From them came some of the greatest personalities in history, including the patriarch Joseph, Moses, King David, and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We, too, are also here because Jacob took the job, because Jacob, renamed Israel, is our spiritual father.
As New Covenant Christians we are all -- every one of us -- called into Priesthood service. The second advertisement I read you was the job specification that Jesus Christ has put in the Bible. Will you accept the job? If you do then I promise you -- because God has promised you -- all of the following benefits: a loyal, kind, loving and Christ-centred husband or wife, peace of mind, wisdom, purpose in life, increased patience, a more loving nature, resurrection to eternal life, good loyal friends, children who will give you pride and joy, and lots, lots more. Indeed, all the things which the world cannot give you.
But you must choose -- whether you will accept God's job and find happiness, or the world's job and end up disappointed and miserable. But remember, if you accept the job, you must do it well, with energy, and with dedication. Those who are not willing to work in this way need not apply. All those who are baptized are called by God, and God is calling many of you who are not baptized too. So I invite all those of you, whether baptized or not, who would like to accept a job in God's Kingdom, to stand up and step forward to the altar right now. Amen.
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