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 a few
different low-level jobs in order to get an unfiltered view of what goes on
behind the scenes.
This episode centered on the
University of California at Riverside. The chancellor donned a mustache 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 writes in Colossians: “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 canceled 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
I’m Joseph Tkach, Speaking of