When Christ Writes Your Performance Evaluation

     We talk about how Jesus is the head of our lives, and how in Him we live, move and have our being, but what does that really mean? It means that we must think, talk, and act like Him, because Revelations 20:13-14, tells us that in the end Jesus will write our performance evaluations.

      I used to write evaluations on a regular basis, and in an effort to provide a useful and objective assessment, I used a rubric which outlined the standards. The ratings were from 4 to 1, with 4 being the highest. 4= Always observed and provides leadership and training to others in the area (BTW no one ever dwells in this land all of the time). 3=Consistently observed: While not providing leadership, can and will provide it when necessary. 2=Inconsistently observed: Is seen sometimes and with assistance can perform in a consistent manner. 1=Rarely observed: must be put on a specific improvement plan. What rubric would Jesus use in evaluating us on our jobs and organizations? It might look like this:

  • Teambuilding:  Matthew 7:12: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:1-4: Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.   “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Do we consider others first? Or are we most intent on getting our way.
  • Communication: James 3: 2-11: “Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.  We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.  And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.  And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.” Nothing else needs be said about the importance of the wise use of words.
  • Honesty:  Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Tell the truth in love and if you don’t want to  do something, or you see things are headed in the wrong direction say   something and try to correct it.
  • Conflict  Resolution: Matthew 5:9 says “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.  Matthew 18: 15-18 says, “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If  he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of  two or three witnesses. If he refuses  to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”  At no   time does Jesus tell us to “vent” to another person or carry the message for someone.
  • Respect for Authority:  Romans 13:1-3  says,”Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good.”  Whether or not you like the one in authority, we are to respect the position and the person in it, because we do not work for them, we work for God.

So what will it be when you stand before Jesus for your final evaluation? Will it be “well done my good and faithful servant or depart from me you worker of inequity?”

Would you like to learn more about what God’s Word says about how we should interact? Leave a question on this blog. Do you want to know how coaching can help you develop your leadership skills? Contact me at bncuraged2@hotmail.com.

Published on August 22, 2011 at 8:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

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