Please have a read of this short story I wrote 🙂
The boss handed down two manual books, one for Alice, another for Belinda, while saying,
“The CEO has passed these on to me. Being employees in this company you must follow all guidelines written here. Should you not understand something, please ask me straightforward, I’d be more than happy to help”
“How about if I made any mistakes?” asked Alice.
“Oh, don’t worry. If you do your best yet at some points you fail at first, I’d be more than happy to cover it up”
“From who?” asked Belinda.
“From the CEO, of course. He’s very perfectionist. He cannot stand any mistakes”
Fiuhhhh…. sounds so hard already huh?!
“But don’t worry. You will enjoy a wonderful journey working with us. In our company even the employers treat the employees with respect. We view our employees as our partner, not as servants” explained the boss who was still standing in front of Alice and Belinda.
“Any questions?” he continued before they begun their first day.
“So… if any of us made any mistakes, you will cover it up eventhough it isn’t your mistake?” asked Alice hesitantly to clarify.
“Why???” asked Alice and Belinda both at the same time.
“Well, I know you’ll never be as perfect as to my boss’ standard. I understand that so I will just help you out here”
“THANKS!!!!” both of them once again expressed their gratitude with big grins, ready to start a brand new day.
Several months passed…..
“Belinda! Why did you make that mistake in your report? Did you do it intentionally?” asked Alice when she saw the latest report Belinda did.
“Errr… Yeahhh…. It was a mistake… I know I shouldn’t do it, but I just didn’t have enough time, I have dinner appointment with my friends so I kinda finished it in a rush, I forgot to look at the manual”
“How could you do that? Now our boss has to be responsible for your mistakes in front of the CEO as this is a very important report! Don’t you remember what he said to us the first day we worked here?”
“Hmmm… sort of….”
“He’ll be the one who covers all our mistakes in front of our so perfectionist CEO! How could you misuse his very kind attitude to us? Afterall, we’ve been working in this company for quite some time, I thought you supposed to know him better including what he expects from us!”
“What does he expect from us?”
“Working together as partners! Full dedication! And he knows we couldn’t do it all right at all time yet he’s willing to help! Surely he expects the same gratitude we gave to him at the first day we worked here, Belinda!”
Belinda was stunned.
“Forgive me Alice, I just realize I don’t really know him then…”
Ok… I use this short story as a simple allegory to describe the truth in 1 John 2, written by apostle John between A.D 85-95 to all early churches and every follower of Jesus at that time.
v.1 “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One“
Can you tell that “the boss” in my story here is actually Jesus? and “the CEO” is God the Father?
I describe the CEO as a perfectionist, one who cannot stand any mistakes. The same goes with God the Father. He is the Most Holy One. He cannot stand any sin, even what you may think the ‘smallest’ one (Hebrews 12:14 “Without holiness no one will see the Lord”).
Yet the boss is willing to stand up for his employees, US, covering our mistakes so God will not release His wrath over us. That’s the purpose of Jesus being crucified, He died not because of His sin, but OUR sins.
v.2 “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world”
And what Belinda has done here? She claimed herself to know her boss, at least she’s been working at the company for quite some time, she thought she should know her boss. Yet she doesn’t.
v.3-4 “We know we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, “I know Him”, but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him”
v.5-6 “… This is how we know we are in Him:
Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did“
Do you choose to be “Alice”? or “Belinda”?
The boss knows his employees cannot be perfect at all times, yet he being a good and understanding boss, will definitely appreciate his employees’ efforts.
At the end of the performance review, he will know who has been responsible and loyal, who hasn’t. Who deserves a payrise, who doesn’t.
At the end of judgment day, each of us will stand for our own account.
“For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed.
He has given proof of this to all men by raising Him from the dead”
Oh, and the “manual books” the boss gave during the first day, that is the BIBLE. Everything’s written there, all guidelines about “the company, the CEO and boss’ characters” etc etc… It’s so complete and rich, all employees will surely need it for the rest of their working days in the company! ^^
Now pick your side carefully.
If you’ve been joining this company, please continue your good work and don’t forget to really know your boss! Oh, and read the manual everyday carefully, there might be hidden secret tips or some others that you haven’t applied in order to produce an excellent report for your performance review!
If you haven’t, the recruitment still opens, plenty seats available especially during global crisis! 😉
Ps: maaf yah utk yg namanya ‘Alice’ dan “Belinda’ dipinjam hihihihi…. 😛