A Congregation of Conservative Evangelical Christians

“Our Daily Bread” Devotion September 19, 2020

September 19 | Bible in a Year: Proverbs 30-31; 2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Fixing Elevators
Love your neighbour as yourself. I am the Lord. (LEVITICUS 19:18)

Sarah has a rare condition which causes her joints to dislocate, making her reliant on an electric
wheelchair to get around. On her way to a meeting recently, Sarah rode her wheelchair to the train station but found the elevator broken. Again. With no way of getting to the platform, she was told to take a taxi to another station forty miles away. The taxi was called but never arrived. Sarah gave up and went home.
Unfortunately, this is a regular occurrence for Sarah. Broken elevators stop her from boarding trains, forgotten ramps leave her unable to get off them. Sometimes Sarah is treated as a nuisance by railway staff for needing assistance. She’s often close to tears.
Out of the many biblical laws governing human relationships, “love your neighbour as yourself” is key (LEVITICUS 19:18; ROMANS 13:8-10). And while this love stops us from lying, stealing, and abusing others (LEVITICUS 19:11, 14), it also changes how we work. Employees must be treated fairly (V. 13), and we should all be generous to the poor (VV. 9-10). In Sarah’s case, those who fix elevators and drag out ramps aren’t doing inconsequential tasks but offering important service to others.
If we treat work as just a means of a wage or other personal benefit, we will soon treat others as annoyances. But if we treat our jobs as opportunities to love, then the most everyday task becomes a holy enterprise.

Father, a job is never just a job to You but an opportunity to love You and serve others. Help me to see my work as an opportunity to benefit others today.
Why do you think we can become annoyed at something needing extra assistance? How can you turn your job into a channel of love today?