Pinnacle Performance Reviews

by APC on January 13, 2016

It’s the time of the year when most individuals working for any company will receive their annual performance review. This can be a somewhat stressful time depending upon our performance the previous year.

Personally, I love mapping out performance goals at the start of the year and then meticulously tracking my progress throughout the year. Toward the end of every year I know whether or not I’ve met my goals. I always want to ensure I’ve fulfilled the expectation set by my employer, and I also want to know what the Lord has helped me achieve on a personal level.

Our performance may result in a potential raise, other benefits, or, quite simply, we get to keep our jobs! Accountability is a value most employers look for in their employees, and we should exhibit this values as Christians. Do we achieve what we’re expected to do, or during our performance review, do our bosses say: Who are you? I haven’t seen you at work all year? Or, What have you contributed to the company?

Completing the work that has been given to us is not just a workforce principle, but is something that we can find in Scripture. Jesus said, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work” (John 4:34, KJV).

We have all been tasked by our Father with the great commission: to go unto all nations, baptizing them in Jesus name, and teaching others to obey the Gospel (Matthew 28:19–20). We need to go out into His harvest and win souls for His kingdom (John 4:35–36).

If we are diligent, obedient, and meet God’s “work” expectations, we will be rewarded with eternal life. But, if we don’t complete the work God has ordained for us to do in His kingdom (workforce), we face an even greater danger than just missing out on a yearly raise. Jesus will say, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matthew 7:23, KJV). Our reward won’t be eternal life with Him.

If we mess up and fail to meet our employer’s expectations here on earth, we might need to find another job, or we may be given another opportunity to improve. If we miss out on Heaven, we won’t have another opportunity.

We will always reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). We’re called to be hard workers, to go the extra mile (Matthew 5:41), and keep our commitments (Ecclesiastes 5:4). We are all bought with a price, and therefore (I Corinthians 6:20), are committed to Christ and His work. We are called to be obedient to His performance expectations—not just our own or even the ones our employers outline in the workplace.

Have we been a good worker in His kingdom? Have we been witnessing? Have we been praying? Have we been fasting? Have we been sacrificing? Have we done what the Lord has called us to do?

Today’s a good day to take some time in prayer and reflect on what we’ve done spiritually this past year in our “employment” in the Lord’s army. If we need to make some changes, it’s not too late! We can start being the ultimate worker for God starting today. We can choose to make a change in our spiritual walk that will not only impact our future “review” but other’s as well. When we give our all to do what God has called us to do, and to be who God has called us to be, we’ll pass the one performance review that really matters.