Tom shot up angrily from his chair, sending it flying four feet into the shelves behind him. The company’s porcelain logo crashing to the floor added to the clamor of his disgruntled shouting. The knowledge of the prized symbol laying in a thousand pieces on the floor increased his vexation. He stared at the mess behind him for a minute. There was no time to mourn sentiments. He had already missed his deadline, and had to scramble to find a way to save face at work.
“What is the ruckus in here?” his boss thundered at him from the doorway. Tom whirled around to face Mr. Sylk blocking the doorway, his broad shoulders nearly filling the frame. “I know you missed your deadline, Tom, but I can’t have this kind of behavior on the job!”
“I—I’m sorry, Mr. Sylk.” Tom narrowed his gaze to a crack in the tiled floor. Mr. Sylk cleared his throat, his uneasiness betraying him. “I’m sorry, too, Tom, but it’s gone on far too long. I’m going to have to let you go.”
After an awkward pause, Mr. Sylk stepped aside, and Tom wasted no time storming out the door. He took the stairs down, instead of the elevator; he desired to face no one at present. A moment more and he was sitting dismally in his Ford.
Losing his job wasn’t what bothered him the most; there were other jobs. “I’ve probably ruined my witness,” he said bitterly. It was the first time he had evaluated the consequences of his anger unchecked. He sighed regretfully. He sensed the Presence he couldn’t elude. He knew he had to memorize scriptures to avoid continuing in the same pattern. “Okay, Lord, I’ll do it.” Immediately he knew his next job would turn out differently.
If you say the word evaluate aloud, you will hear the word value. You will evaluate what you value.
The principle of evaluation is found in the Word. We are to inspect ourselves. Any time you begin a process of evaluation, the measuring is done by looking at the standard set by the Lord. Whatever we do should be with a spirit of excellence. Am I giving my best to the Lord? My best effort, as well as my best attitude?
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. 2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV
And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 NKJV
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25 NKJV
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 1 Corinthians 11:28 NKJV
We can implement practical application of the Word of God in our lives. What we do can be thought of as offerings to the Lord. God is a God of order, and He blesses the order that you implement into your life and family. Ask yourself the following questions:
What areas am I doing good?
What areas do I need to improve?
How will I work on those areas?
I pray we won’t allow dust to fall on this mindset, nor quench the moving of the Spirit in our hearts.
What areas of your life will you be evaluating? Please share in the comments.