A Performance Review

Paul Hostetter

READ : Colossians 3:1-14

A performance review is a critical look backward. The end of the year is a good time to acknowledge that we are responsible before God for our behavior. Even though we are believers and revel in God’s grace and love, what can we do better? What needs to change?

When I was a young believer, Colossians 3:1 caught my attention. I was elated by Paul’s words, “you have been raised with Christ.” But although I was not a bad teenager, I was disturbed by the enticing lures of the world. Paul’s words lifted me. I knew I had been redeemed from the penalty of evil, but I could not ignore the exhortation: “set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (kjv).

Performance reviews are devastating when the supervisor is demanding, unforgiving and harsh. While our supervisor Jesus Christ expects the very highest work standards, he is also forgiving. But we diminish ourselves if we take our responsibility lightly simply because Jesus forgives. How could we ever compromise what is absolutely good and beautiful?

Before New Year’s eve, take time to invite Jesus to an accountability session. Thank him for commissioning you as a servant in his glorious Kingdom. Then ask him what changes you need to make.


Lord, I do not excel in openness, but I need your review.