Undercover Boss

January 6, 2013
by Alec Niemi

Galatians 2:19-20 – For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV)

The clerk was miserable, snappy to the point of being rude, and totally uncaring.

While in the store the other day, I needed help in finding certain items. When I asked for direction from a sales clerk, all I got was a pointing finger and a curt, "They're over there." I found one item, but not the others. I went back to the clerk to ask for further help. The first look was one of impatience, but then, after staring at me for a moment with a blank stare, the clerk's whole demeanour changed. It was just as if a switch had been thrown; a lit-up face and a big smile instructed, "Follow me." Oh, so gracious and helpful. Wow! What a change!

As I left the store, I pondered on the change. It was so dramatic. What had gone through that person's mind? It was as if the clerk had all of a sudden thought that I might be the "undercover boss" or the "mystery shopper".

How similar it is to seeing someone coming to the realization of the reality of Christ.

We are the Christ that other people see. Let's not disguise ourselves so well that others can't see Him in us.

Matthew 5:16 – Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (NIV)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the switch has been thrown; we see the light! You're the boss and there is no mystery. May it be true, what the apostle Paul writes, that we who have been crucified with Christ may no longer live, but Christ may live in us. May we live the life we now live in the body by faith in Your Son, who loved us and gave Himself for us. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You, Jesus! Amen.

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Alec Niemi <aniemi@shaw.ca>
Harrison Mills, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the reminder Alec!


    Thanks Alec for sharing.


    Thank you. This morning I got up feeling like the grouchy clerk. Bless you.


    Good one Alec, Thank you!
    All the Best for you and your loved ones in the year ahead.


    Good Afternoon Alec: Thank you for that encouraging message from God’s word!
    Blessings on you and yours.


    Alec
    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your devotional and also to say how wonderful it is to see a devotional written by someone from Harrison Mills. This is the area where my family first came to when they came to Canada from England in 1909.
    Blessings.


    Alec, thank you very much for sharing your story with us. Yes that is awesome when something like that happens to us. It is as though they all the sudden get a message of some kind from somewhere — maybe “thoughts from God” come though their minds or something of sort. Thank you God for God given thoughts. May God continue to bless you.


    Thank you for your insightful words. A co-worker of mine purchased a devotional book for me for Christmas. It’s called “Jesus calling” and focuses on finding peace in your life. I have had a rough two years with family illness and conflict. I suspect my co-worker purchased this book for me because she is hinting she can’t see Jesus in my life. I need to work on seeing the folks in my life as Jesus, as secret shoppers, and letting people see some good in me instead of frustration and sorrow.
    Blessings.


    Dear Alec;
    I just love that show – Undercover Boss Canada and also the U.S. one. I try and watch them faithfully, because it has such a wonderful happy ending all the time. The series always brings a tear to my eye when the employee finds out that they are being rewarded for their dedication and hard work.
    Hopefully more businesses will take part in the “Pay-Forward Revolution” and bring about changes within each business for the better. As for our “Boss” … He has done it for us already. All we have to do is claim it and pay it forward!


    Alec,
    I really liked your devotional from this day.


    Thanks for your Devotion, the image of Christ is in all of us.
    (BC)

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