“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
Ephesians 1:7 (NIV UK)
Last week, I was watching tv when a reality show caught my attention. It was called Undercover Boss, and the concept is pretty straightforward: a CEO wears a disguise and works at a few different low-level jobs in his organisation in order to get an unfiltered view of what goes on behind the scenes.
This episode centred on the University of California at Riverside. The chancellor donned a moustache and new haircut before working alongside a number of students. While on the job, he learned about their personal hardships, the challenges they faced and the daily struggle of living under the crippling yoke of student debt.
At the end of the episode, the chancellor removed his disguise and came clean. But more than that, he revealed the great news that a handful of generous donors had offered to pay off each worker’s student debt. Can you even imagine hearing that news?
The thing is, we already have heard something very similar. Look at what Paul said in Colossians 2:13-14: “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.”
Isn’t that great news? Our Undercover Boss, Jesus Christ, wore no disguise. He came to work for those who had worked against him and who were enslaved to fallen and sinful natures. He forgave us for all the damage we had done to our relationship with God and to those he loves. Through his abundant grace and mercy, he held nothing against us. Instead, at his own expense, he covered all our losses and more. Our slate is wiped clean! Our debts are forgiven! And because of that, we’re free to join in with his continuing ministry of reconciliation.
So this week, as we all return to the workplace, keep an eye out for those around you who may be working undercover for God. And don’t be surprised if you come across unexpected opportunities to pass along the same grace and peace that you’ve been given.
Thank you, Holy Father, for the implementation of your plan for us through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Help us always to appreciate; indeed, to grow in appreciation; as to what was done for us and the future it holds for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.