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Work, we all participate in some type of work, whether for a company, a small office or ourselves. And, no matter how we may complain about our jobs, work is a blessing that we should all grateful for.

We spend at least 40-hours a week at work, for some of us it’s much more, for others it’s much less. But regardless of the actual hours, we spend a lot of time there, and as a result a lot of time with the people we work with. For better or worse we are tied to those people while we are in that environment and make connections with them for better or worse.

The catch-22 of that is that sometimes they are very shallow connections that you don’t take with you when you leave the office, or, the upside is that they are deep long-lasting bonds that you take with you for the rest of your life.

It seems that small offices tend to foster deep relationship bonds because if you don’t get along you’re out. There’s nothing more toxic in an office of two or three people than a fourth who can’t get along with the others. It makes for a very unpleasant situation to say the least. Because of the need for synchronicity in offices that are small, the people who work in them tend to end up being very good friends for life. They really get to know each other and that includes the boss.

Bigger offices or corporations are a little different. You usually get to know your own team members and your own boss, maybe well, maybe not so well. But, because of the sheer numbers in a large office or corporation, you usually don’t even get access to the big, big boss except in passing. The relationships you take with you are typically with those who work right next to you.

All this thinking about big office and small offices, relationships and access to the boss got me thinking about the church. How many times do we treat the church like a big office or corporation, creating relationships with those around us and forgetting that it’s really the boss, the owner of the company that we need to get to know?

We put all our effort into doing what we think the scripture says is right and not nearly enough time doing what is necessary to get closer to Him, the One who always desires to grow closer to us. We can get closer to Him by reading His Word and spending time in reflection and prayer. We’d do something more active like chair the local rummage sale or teach Sunday School – which are both important endeavors – than spend the time with Him.

But, if we don’t make sure we take the time to get to know Him in a deep way, our relationship with Him is not so different from those who work in big offices or corporations who only know their boss in a passing manner.

The  flip-side is true too, if we don’t know Him in more than a passing manner, He doesn’t know us in more than a passing manner either, and it doesn’t matter what we call Him or what we do in His name, He Himself says He will not know us.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of the Father in heaven. On that day many of you will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ Then I will announce to them, “I never knew you! Depart from Me you who work lawlessness.”

Matthew 7:21-23

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