Old Cross or New?

the crossThe old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter. The flesh, smiling and confident, preaches and sings about the cross; before that cross it bows and toward that cross it points with carefully staged histrionics—but upon that cross it will not die, and the reproach of that cross it stubbornly refuses to bear.

I well know how many smooth arguments can be marshalled in support of the new cross. Does not the new cross win converts and make many followers and so carry the advantage of numerical success? Should we not adjust ourselves to the changing times? Have we not heard the slogan, “New days, new ways”? And who but someone very old and very conservative would insist upon death as the appointed way to life? And who today is interested in a gloomy mysticism that would sentence its flesh to a cross and recommend self-effacing humility as a virtue actually to be practiced by modern Christians? These are the arguments, along with many more flippant still, which are brought forward to give an appearance of wisdom to the hollow and meaningless cross of popular Christianity.

Quote by A. W. Tozer, from The Pursuit of Man

Just Sweep

sweepA grocery manager gave a young man his first job. Eager to please, the new employee would rush through every task. Then he would say: “What can I do now?”

After a while, the manager let out a deep breath. He wanted to critique, not criticize. He said, “Son, come here. I want to show you the rule in this store.” Leading the young man into the storeroom, he pointed to the back wall where a large sign said: “When in doubt, sweep.”

What does “sweeping” mean in your workplace? I suspect that in every job, there are tasks that, while not particularly engaging or exciting, just need to get done. We can choose to see these tasks as unimportant, or even as a sort of punishment, or we can choose to see them as necessary to the purpose and success of our work.

Workers who dive into these “trivial” jobs demonstrate more than that they are “go-getters”; they demonstrate that they really care about the success of their organization. Paying attention to the small details, working humbly and attentively, we can’t help but catch a glimpse of the high calling of our daily work.

[Reposted from The High Calling website]