What’s your job description?

When I worked as a security guard for an agricultural pharmaceutical company… I knew my job. I knew my job… that is… until one evening when a herd of our company’s cattle broke loose and blocked up a main road. Having been born and raised in northern NJ, I knew nothing about herding cattle, but my job description had just expanded to include ‘cowboy’. Together with another employee, we screamed, waved our arms and ran around the wayward cows until we managed to get them penned up again… it was a miracle we didn’t get trampled… or laughed out of town!

Chances are… whether you are a stay at home mom, corporate executive, contractor, doctor, or Wawa clerk… you’ve got a job description. And I would be willing to bet that the last line in your list of duties and responsibilities reads something like this:

“to complete any other task and responsibility as directed or deemed necessary for the successful achievement of the goal”

In short, whatever it takes to (as Larry the Cable Guy would say) “git’er done”. That opens up all kinds of trouble… it means that we have to be flexible, open-minded, willing to change, and willing to do what it takes.

Yesterday we talked about Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, and how God expanded God’s circle to include this ‘enemy’ in the new faith community. This was hard on the Apostles… especially Jesus’ right-hand man, Peter. In Acts 10, God had just finished trying to show Peter (through a vision) that his job description was going to expand … he was going to have to accept a new way of doing things with new kinds of people (verses 17 &18):

Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They called out to ask whether Simon, who was called Peter, was staying there.

Peter was going to have to learn to treat former enemies as brothers and sisters and friends.

As ‘works in progress’ we are looking for opportunities to grow, mature, change… but, often, it means expanding our job description beyond our comfort zone. That takes guts! And it takes an end goal!

Do you have both?