Melvyn Tan
November 11, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

What Is A Performance Trap?

[blockquote source=”Hebrews 10:35-36 (GWT)“]So don’t lose your confidence. It will bring you a great reward. You need endurance so that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised.[/blockquote] Performance Review This is the time of the year again, where many of us will be sitting through a […]

[blockquote source=”Hebrews 10:35-36 (GWT)“]So don’t lose your confidence. It will bring you a great reward. You need endurance so that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised.[/blockquote]

Performance Review
This is the time of the year again, where many of us will be sitting through a round of performance appraisal. It is here where we get to speak with our bosses on what we did or did not accomplish. Naturally, those of us who can demonstrate our abilities to accomplish more than others would be rewarded accordingly compared to our peers.

Admittedly, sometimes the process could be transparent or it could seem like there is a need to “crack the code”. When the former is the case, everyone gets a clear idea of what’s expected of them and hence have a better sense of “how it is done here”. There’s a great level of trust and relationships within the organization are high.

Conversely, when the process seems a little opaque it can create a high level of mistrust amongst colleagues. Additionally, there would be unnecessary stress as no one knows exactly if what they do would be compensated accordingly, or if at all.

Performance Trap
Being in a performance-driven system for so long, it is no wonder as believers we sometimes fall into this performance trap. We think it is through the work that we have done that will earn our place in heaven. We somehow cannot fathom how one can do literally nothing and still be loved by God. It seems rather unfair that we attend church and serve our Christian brothers and sisters and yet we get the same reward as those who do not commit any form of work at all. It is unfair, it is unjust.

God’s Work
In today’s Scripture, we are reminded that there is work that God wants us to do. This work would be different for different people. For some of us, the work is to teach; for others to serve the communities. However, do you know what is this ‘work’ for you?

PACE Framework
I’ve used the PACE framework to guide me in my ‘work’. It is shown as follows:

  • Pray: You need to pray about it to uncover what is this ‘work’ for you. Ask God, ask for signs, ask for directions. That said, when you pray you must pray with an expectant heart, which means you must pray and expect an answer.
  • Attention: Once you know what this ‘work’ is, you then need to give it your fullest attention. It will require your laser-focus on this ‘work’. You will commit to doing this ‘work’ regardless of the circumstances. If this ‘work’ can only be done when you are comfortable and the stars are aligned it will not be done.
  • Create: You need to create your own methods, techniques, and whatever that is required to get the ‘work’ done. In other words, you need to be resourceful. Many a times people complain that they cannot do the work because they don’t have the resources.
  • Energy: You may know what your ‘work’ is, you may give it the necessary focus and attention, you may create all the resources required but when it comes to doing it, you have little or no energy left. That’s where you need to channel your energies to the right outlet so that it will complete the ‘work’. The enemy will want to drain your energy to have you feel exhausted and unable to accomplish it. But you must fight on.

Father, we pray that You will guide us to know what’s the ‘work’ that You want us to do. And that we have the courage, strength, and wisdom to get it done. In Jesus name, Amen.