"...And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, today shall thou be with Me in paradise.” Luke 23:41-43
Some of you are going through the job performance review process as you read. Not all job performance reviews are wonderfully fair. Most of us know that the outcome can sometimes be based on the whims, preferences, or any of the "isms" of the reviewer, not your actual performance. There can be jealousy, envy, and in some cases, inordinate strategy to keep you where you are, move you along, or send you packing. However, unlike a typical job performance review, God has compassion! The kind of compassion that incorporates, Grace, Love, Mercy, Favor; Forgiveness, and, the opportunity for repentance while you still live and breathe.
There are many instances in the Bible where we can see God's compassion in action. However, the one most familiar is the story of the two thieves tied to crosses on the right and left side of Jesus. One thief offers a conditional statement daring Jesus to save Himself. The other rebukes the first, confessing his sins; and, after acknowledging Jesus’ sovereignty and innocence, asks Him to remember him when He “comes into His Kingdom.” Although we do not know the complexities of the life this man led, in Matthew 27:38 and Mark 15:27 he is called a thief, while in Luke 23:33 he is called a malefactor. Yet, the Bible notes that he confessed his sins and accepted his deserved fate; and, more importantly, Jesus saw fit to acknowledge his desire to enter into His kingdom.
So, no matter how grave you believe your life performance review is, as long as you still live and breathe, if you acknowledge the sovereignty of Jesus, confess your sins, and offer true repentance, you will garner God’s Forgiveness for any aspect of your life. L.
Study Reference: Luke 23:38-46
From:"Performance Reviews." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living
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