Man, I guess that’s what I get for reading the Bourne Identity book these past couple of weeks! It sure beats just saying that I have recently started my work in the marketing office of a faith-based non-profit in Cape Town. It is true though that our offices are a little off-the-beaten-path on campus and currently I am the only one holding down the fort. I guess five or so years of working from home have prepared me well for this. It is an exciting time for me as I have been in transition mode for the past couple of months since leaving my job in the States and have been eager to get started working again. It is a new feeling to know that I am in South Africa and working because God paved this road before me. I am here because of the generous giving of others that allows me to serve in a volunteer capacity. I have no control over my income in the sense that I can generate any additional bonus or raises based on performance. So where is the motivation to work hard and to put in long hours?
As Brooke dropped me off at work this morning I saw the Living Hope receptionist walking over toward the chapel area and away from her desk in the admin building. I paused for a minute as I knew she was the person I needed to get keys from in order to get into our offices and those keys were somewhere at her desk. As I stopped Brooke recalled that this was the time that they did daily devotions in the chapel. So I got out, followed her in and decided to check it out. As the devotion began the person leading directed us to the book of John. And he started with chapter 6. Jesus feeds the 5,000. The same spot in the Bible I have been reading and just posted about a week ago. The focus was on the “I am” of Jesus.
Where is my motivation? It is in working at a place that holds daily devotions. It is in the stories that you constantly hear about how the ministries of Living Hope are being used by God to change circumstances in people’s lives. It is simply in the fact of knowing that God’s plan for my life is better than my own and this is where he called me to be. My motivation is in the “I am” of Christ.
6:35 – “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in my will never be thirsty.”
8:12 – “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
10:7-9: “I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.”
10:14-15 – “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
11:25 – “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
14:6 – “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”