Monthly Archives: November 2016

Will A Man Rob His Interviewer? Apparently…but it isn’t wise!

wallet-1024x576Interviewing skills 101: don’t steal the CEO’s wallet during the interview! At least that was the takeaway for 24-year-old Shogo Takeda of Japan. There are, of course, several reasons not to steal the interviewer’s wallet: it is obvious who took it, you are unlikely to get the job, and the big one…you are easy to track down from your résumé!

It took the police no time at all to find Takeda; his name, phone number, and address were on his résumé! When asked why he had done something so foolish, he simply replied, “I wanted to work for that company, but since I haven’t got a job I needed money.” To say the least, it is shortsighted thinking.

So if I were to ask most people if a man should rob his interviewer, I imagine that they would have the sense to say, “no.” But apparently some still try to get away with such a thing. Even more surprising is that so many of us foolishly try to get away with robbing the greatest interviewer – the creator of the universe!

Consider Malachi 3:8, “Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.” Ah…here it comes, you say! This is the end of the year plea for my money! Not at all…

Rather, Malachi 3:9-11 shows that the opposite is true. God wants to give to us. But it requires something first – you. He wants you, to give yourself. He is interviewing our hearts, and we must decide if we will rob Him or hand ourselves over to work for Him completely – mind, body, and soul.

And why is He examining our hearts? So He can pour out every spiritual blessing He has given us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3).

Those who rob people will not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:10). Even more disconcerting is the idea of robbing God as He examines our hearts. Are you among those who are robbing God during the interview? It is a foolish mistake…He has your résumé!

Watch What You Touch! Molecules Are Profiling You…

whats-on-your-phoneMost of us wouldn’t be surprised to know that there are private things on our phones. But when we say that, we generally mean the things that are “in” the phone – web sites visited, e-mails, texts, etc., not “on” it. Nevertheless, a new study at the University of California discovered a way to profile an individual from private details about their lives…from molecules left behind, literally, “on” their phones.

Using a technique called mass spectrometry, researchers tested 500 samples from 40 adults’ mobile phones. Dr Amina Bouslimani revealed the results. They discovered such things as: gender, what cosmetics are used, if hair has been dyed, if the person drinks coffee, beer, or wine, if they like spicy foods, if they are being treated for depression, if they spend a lot of time outdoors, etc.

You see, we leave stuff behind on everything we touch – even germaphobes who wash hands and use hand sanitizer. And the scientists were able to profile users based merely on molecules left on cell phones!

If a database of information is available at the molecular level, can you imagine what we leave behind at the spiritual level? It is hard to comprehend, but God sees everywhere we go, everything we do. He even knows every thought we think – far beyond the molecular level. Paul warned us to remember this principle in 1 Corinthians 6:15-17 – our spirits bear the evidence of the things we touch.

Therefore, let us exercise great care, friends, in the things to which we join ourselves! If we “carry the evidence” with us eternally, let us make every effort to join ourselves to the Lord by being one spirit with Him. This is the proper response of those who have been forgiven of their sins, washed clean by the blood of Christ.

God doesn’t look at us with human eyes or mass spectrometers. Rather, He sees into the heart of a person (1 Samuel 16:7). God sees whether we have been covered with Jesus’ blood, and He profiles our relationship. Thankfully, He forgives us, as we show our love, in Christ.  So…what’s your heart been touching?

He Who Has Ear To Hear…Listen To The Plants?

talking-plantsIf plants, trees, animals, and the earth itself, could warn humans of danger, what would they say? Well, as it turns out, plants are talking…and you really want to hear what they are saying!

In a journal article in Nature Materials, MIT researchers explained how they have helped turn spinach plants into “bomb sniffing machines.” The plants were embedded with tiny carbon tubes to help them detect “nitroaromatics” (chemical compounds used in explosives). Once the plant detects the compound in the air, it emits a fluorescent signal that is picked up by an infrared camera and wirelessly notifies a smartphone.

Yeah…pretty amazing.

You see, plants have impressive skills when monitoring the chemistry of their environment. And they often react quickly – so quickly that they are able to “speak” in real-time. It will be years before bomb-sniffing dogs are out of a job; nevertheless, it is nice to know that scientists are listening to the plants.

As it turns out, Job suggested listening to the earth a long time ago. “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; and the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you. Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; and let the fish of the sea declare to you” (Job 12:7-8). And what would they say? “Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this…” (9).

If plants can warn us about bombs, I wonder what else they could declare? What if the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil could have warned Adam & Eve? If we could hear the groaning of the earth, stained by Abel’s blood, would there be fewer murders?

Job says that the world is screaming, “God made us!” And if it could, the earth would warn us to follow God’s way. Will you hear today?

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).