It was the first week of my first job after completing my residency and fellowship training. As I was settling into the routine of a busy hospital surgical pathologist, I received a call from our pathology group’s business manager.
“Hey, Paul! This is Jake! How is everything going for you?”
“Good…great, really!” He had done an outstanding job at making sure I felt welcome with my new group.
“Awesome! Listen, we need to meet to get those credentialing papers signed for our billing services. Will Friday morning around 10 AM be ok to meet?”
I quickly checked my calendar and replied, “Sure no problem. See you then.”
When Friday morning came, I prepared to head over to his office which was on the other side of our building. To my surprise, he appeared at my doorway just as I getting up to leave.
“Oh! I was just about to go to your office for our meeting!”
He laughed. “Hey, that’s Business 101! Employees always come to see management!
I was amused. Until this moment, I never thought of myself as management, and it would be many years until I was a managing partner, but I appreciated the gesture and overture. I was not accustomed to being served by others. I had always strived to do things on my own, whether in my education, business, or personal life. When it came to spiritual matters, this dogged independence carried over and I was convinced that I could achieve enlightenment and salvation on my own. If I read enough books about religion and philosophy, if I was truly observant about my relationships and surroundings, I could crack the secret to a spiritually fulfilling life. I definitely tried but all it brought me was despair and frustration.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:5-8 (ESV)
After years of trying to do it myself, I was confronted with the Truth of Jesus Christ. I was trying to reach the infinite with my finite body and existence. The only way this could truly happen was for an omnipotent God to condescend to my finite existence and show me the way to restore a broken relationship with Him. Jesus emptied Himself and put aside His eternal glory when He became a man and was born on this earth. By living a sinless life, completely obedient to God, He showed me that if I confess and repent of my sins and accept Him as my Lord and Savior, I would have salvation and eternal life. This is what it meant to be truly human, to give my life to Jesus Christ.
In the workplace, the employees come to management. This is Business 101.
In life, God came down to earth as a man to live, die on the Cross, and be resurrected. Jesus served me so that I may serve Him.
This is Humanity 101!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.