Today, my laboratory has a mandatory state and federal inspection. Every outpatient diagnostic pathology laboratory in the United States must undergo this inspection to be initially certified and maintain certification by being re-inspected every two years. It requires a great deal of paperwork and documentation of policies and procedures. All of this is understandable since diagnostic reports on patients are being generated by the laboratory by the physicians and employees who work there. The government and public want to be reassured that the reports are accurate, timely, and produced by a laboratory that is utilizing the highest standards of quality control and assurance. Although I was notified over a month ago about the date and time when the inspector will arrive, the government wants to see evidence of continuing oversight of the laboratory and staff by the medical director. In other words, if an inspector were to show up unexpectedly and unannounced and ask to review all the policies and procedures, the expectation is that the activities on that day would accurately reflect what is written in our manuals.
And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
The Bible reminds us that our glorified Lord Jesus, is in Heaven inspecting His church that remains on earth. But this inspection is continual, not just every two years. Like the inspector, He expects that our activities we are doing at every moment reflect a true and dedicated heart to serve and love Him, not just a face we put on for Sundays or with other Christians. It is not lip service He is seeking but true service.
Jesus is not looking for written policies and procedures. But He is looking for evidence that God’s Word is written in our hearts and minds.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.