Getting a new job can be exciting. First off, it's a new job so you're not at your old job anymore or you finally have a job now. Then you also usually have better pay or benefits, new potential friends (or enemies), a new boss, a new place to go, etc. A new job opportunity can be great.
One summer, I was in desperate need of a job and I was fortunate enough to get one. It wasn't the most glamorous job, but I was pumped to get started. I had accepted a part-time job at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt as the mascot Menchie (if you have time, check out the costume I wore).
I know. You probably can't believe I was excited to start this job, but I was! I had always dreamed of working at Walt Disney World as a character so this was as close as I could get.
Needless to say, the Georgia summer in a non-AC regulated costume was tough. It was hot. The days were long. I sweated...a lot. I could have easily given up or worked with a bad attitude.
But I didn't. I tried to do my best and represent the Menchie name well.
Shouldn't we as followers of Jesus do the same? Shouldn't we build each other up? Shouldn't we stay true to the faith? Too many times, we are overcome by our culture and we lose sight of our first love. We stray from Jesus and His Church. We don't go to church. We don't encourage each other. We don't pray. And in fact, our lives begin to look like any other person.
So don't stray. You belong here. You belong to Jesus. Remember who you are in Him. Draw near to God during tough times, during your struggles, during your pain. Lift one another up. Love one another. Stay faithful. Keep fighting the good fight. Don't let the heat roast you.
Prayer: Jesus thank you for who you are. Thank you for who I am. I pray I draw close to you each and every day. I love you. Amen.
Then the Lord said to Moses: “Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month. Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain. Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it. Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps. Place the gold altar of incense in front of the ark of the covenant law and put the curtain at the entrance to the tabernacle.
“Place the altar of burnt offering in front of the entrance to the tabernacle, the tent of meeting; place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar and put water in it. Set up the courtyard around it and put the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard.
“Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy. Then anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils; consecrate the altar, and it will be most holy. Anoint the basin and its stand and consecrate them.
“Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest. Bring his sons and dress them in tunics. Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so they may serve me as priests. Their anointing will be to a priesthood that will continue throughout their generations.”
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.