Beyond the Call of Duty

The job description is the bare bones of what is needed, but if we want to stand out to our employer then we need to go beyond the call of duty.

1 Samuel 9:1-27

Reference: v.8 The servant answered him again. “Look,” he said, “I have a quarter of a shekel of silver. I will give it to the man of God so that he will tell us what way to take.” (TNIV Bible)

Explore: Every job has a job description. Good employees will have it written down, however, everyone should have a good understanding of what is expected of them.

If you work in IT then it’s highly likely that your job description will involve an ability to work on computers. If you work in a school then it’s expected you will need to interact with students.  If you are a doctor then any patient will hope that you have a good understanding of the body.

There are some obvious items held within certain job descriptions, but often tasks will overlap no matter what career you’re aiming for. Attributes like punctuality, commitment and teachability can be applied to any position and can assist any place of employment.

While it is important to stick to our job descriptions it is also possible that we can go above and beyond what is expected of us. The job description is the bare bones of what is needed, but if we want to stand out to our employer then we need to go beyond the call of duty.

That is fulfilling our job description to the best of our ability and being willing to take it even further to advance the company.

It would be a foolish employer who didn’t recognise a worker who went the extra mile for the company. This is what you would wish for all your employees to do.

Application: Saul’s servant was already fulfilling his job description. He was sent to travel with his master to help him find some donkeys.

Saul had decided it was time to go home. Instead of his servant just staying true to his job description by obeying Saul’s command, he went beyond the call of duty. He offered his very own finances to assist with his master’s task.

Imagine that, giving your own money back to your employer, so that they can complete a task! This servant truly went beyond the call of duty, and we don’t even know his name.

God has given each of us a job description – to love Him and love others. We can do this in small ways, or we can go beyond the call of duty and dedicate our whole lives to our task.

Prayer: Lord, sometimes I find it challenging to love certain people and I often find myself ‘cutting corners’ and justifying my behaviour. Help me to go beyond the call of duty that You have set, knowing that by loving others I am, in turn, loving You. Amen.

How can you go beyond the call of duty today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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