The Christian Public Servant – “being singled-out”

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April 20, 2018 – Friday

Reading

Matthew 26:73 [NLT] After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

Reflection

Last week a Christian brother on Life Row was attacked by another brother who is not a Christian. My Christian brother was not doing anything wrong. He didn’t owe the other brother anything. He was just happy in the spirit of the Lord when the other brother saw him, became angry at the joy he saw, and attacked my Christian brother.

The Word tells of Peter being singled out because of his accent. Even though he denied Christ, not once but three times that evening, Peter was really targeted because of his association with Christ. And a powerful testimony developed because of Peter being singled out.

Like my Christian brother here on Life Row, sometimes I am singled-out because of my faith in Christ. Never physically attacked, but ridiculed and sometimes taunted. While Life Row is different, are not Christians singled-out where you live and work? Ridiculed by people who are as angry about their lives as that other brother on Life Row is angry about his. Fact is, when you are attacked, physically or by humiliation, a powerful testimony will glorify Christ.

Today at work, what will give you away that connects you with Christ? Paul’s fear in the dark of night? My brother’s joy in the light of day? Either way, at some point count on being singled-out. And one more powerful testimony will glorify Christ.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. It is a blessing, being singled-out because of my love for You. All that You give me today, let it flow from my life so it will lead others to you. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
death row
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

The Christian Public Servant – “find that stillness”

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April 19, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

Psalms 46:10(a) [NIV] Be still, and know that I am God;

I Kings 19:12(b)-13 [NIV] And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Reflection

I’ll never forget my mother’s voice telling me, “be still.” I heard it, so it seemed, constantly. In the store, in the car, at the house – even at times when I was being still. It was as though she wanted me always to remember stillness is a most-important goal.

In the workplace, it is difficult to find that stillness. People going to and fro to make the most of each moment. Citizens to serve. Stress from deadlines. Anxiety from budgets.

Just as Elijah encountered God in the least expected form – in the still small voice – you must find a way to encounter His peace.

At work today, find that stillness.

After all, God can do more in one quiet moment than you can in a lifetime of work.

Prayer

Wonderful Savior, thank You in advance for this workday. It is a blessing. Before I do anything today, I want to find a quiet moment with You. I realize I cannot do things alone. I need Your direction and guidance. I place my trust in You today. I dedicate this workday to Your service. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Courtney Christian, MPA
City Administrator
City of Leesville
Leesville, Louisiana USA

The Christian Public Servant – “Who sends such a person”

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April 18, 2018 – Wednesday

Reading

Titus 2:7(a) [NIV] In everything set them an example by doing what is good.

Reflection

Ever have car trouble? Not an inconvenience, like discovering a tire is low in your garage and having to drag over the air compressor hose. No, I mean you’re loaded up, 75 miles from the nearest garage, and your alternator goes out. You are dead in the water. Not going anywhere, man. Oh, and no cell phone service.

This happened to me this past week. The “idiot light” telling me I had battery problems did wonders at building up the suspense, but the miraculous coasting into a rest stop was the start of one of God’s moments.

Upon opening the hood, a traveling salesman (yes, a traveling salesman) came over and asked if he could help. I am sure he had a busy schedule, yet he took over 30 minutes to help me determine what was wrong and charge up my battery from his car. He got me going again so I could limp to the nearest community and get a new alternator.

I offered to pay him, but he refused. He mentioned he was a Christian and knew what he was supposed to do. This soft-spoken traveling salesman was leading by example. My guess is I was not the first person he has helped, nor will I be the last. I don’t know his name, but I know Who sends such a person like that traveling salesman.

On your way to work today, perhaps you will follow scripture and set the example like this man. The one you help will not need to know your name, for he will know Who sends such a person like you!

God.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, show me the way. Instruct me to do what is right. Remind me Your goodness prevails in this world. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Larry Ketcham, MPA
City Engineer
City of Laramie
Laramie, Wyoming USA

The Christian Public Servant – “someone like Sally”

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April 17, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

2 Corinthians 5:17 [KJV] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Reflection

Sally is a coworker of mine. She’s a gossiper. Knowing everyone’s business, Sally might even throw in a few untrue details to juice-up the story. So I learned early, and sometimes the hard way, that any story coming from Sally’s lips was fabricated and wasn’t worth my time.

But one day in the breakroom Sally told me a different kind of story. She wanted to get saved. I didn’t believe her, but something inside led me to listen. I asked if she was serious. She had to change her entire life, including her gossiping. I explained this Jesus thing was real. Sally looked at me and said, “I know.” Well, we prayed and talked about a church.

A few weeks went by, and I finally saw Sally again in the breakroom; this time with a few other women. I assumed “same ole Sally” was back at it with “same ole stories.” But as I approached, I notice the Bible on Sally’s lap. No gossiping, she was talking about Jesus. Was this a new Sally? Could Jesus change someone like Sally? He could. In fact, He did!

Just like He saved someone like me when I was in darkness, He also saved someone like Sally! Scripture reminds us that old things pass away and all things become new. That’s something to remember today as you go to work.

Are you negatively labeling someone at work? Are you being labeled that way? No one is too far out of the reach of Christ. Take a moment and pray for salvation – the salvation of that one coworker and your own salvation. Change the label on both of you to “a child of the King”!

If He can save me and someone like Sally, then He can create newness out of anyone at work! You and that coworker.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for making me a new creature. At work today, help me to help those seeking You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Crystal Featherston, MPA
Management & Budget Analyst II
Department of Budget and Management Services
City of Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

The Christian Public Servant – “help us fish”

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April 16, 2018 – Monday

Reading

Matthew 4:19(b) [NIV] and I will send you out to fish for people.

Reflection

We are running out of devotionals. The Christian Public Servant is a ministry that serves our Lord strictly through the efforts of volunteers writing devotionals. So please, help us fish!

We will never ask for financial tithing, but we ask for a monthly tithing of devotionals.

If you are led to write a workplace devotional, please contact one of the co-editors. You will receive a tip-sheet on how to write a devotional for The Christian Public Servant.

We are running out of devotionals. Please help us fish!

Prayer

Father, if it is Your will that this ministry continues, we pray for volunteers to send devotionals. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

The Co-Editors:
Kevin Cooney kjcjapan@gmail.com
Bill Dudley bbssongs@gmail.com
Tammy Peavy tammy.peavy@mid.ms.gov
Stephen Pincus scpincus@gmail.com 
Jim Slack jslack0229@live.com

The Christian Public Servant – “the nasty side of people”

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April 13, 2018 – Friday

Reading

Luke 7:44-47 [NIV] Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”

Reflection

If your work deals with people, you see the best and the worst. While you are blessed by the good things, it is the nasty side of people that turns you away.

This is true where I work and live – here on Life Row. Some brothers have body odor. Some have horribly bad breath. Some choose not to change clothes often. Still others have a nastiness of the mind and soul – the same nastiness that brought them to death row.

Scripture tells of a woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with her hair. She then kissed and anointed His feet. Back then, the feet were the nastiest part of the body. People walked in sandals or barefoot. All kinds of stuff were caught between their toes and on the bottoms of their feet. When you came into someone’s house, it was customary for your feet to be washed – just as today, we would wash our hands before eating. But nobody brought Jesus a bowl to wash His own feet, let alone to wash His feet for Him.

When this sinful street woman interrupted a fancy dinner to wash Jesus’ feet, He reminded those who were upset that her sins were forgiven because of her great love. He then warned the rest: if you forgive little, you will love little; and your sins will only be forgiven little and the love shown to you will be little.

Today at work, you will see the nasty side of people. Perhaps it may be when someone approaches your desk. Maybe it will be at a restaurant when someone says something unkind. Blessings are a gift and require a “thank you.” Nastiness is also a gift that permits you to say, “I forgive you.” Without forgiveness, there cannot be love. Without love, no sins are washed away.

Today, do not turn from the nasty side of people. Accept it as a gift – an opportunity to forgive, love, and be blessed. An opportunity to have your sins washed away.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for Your forgiveness of my nastiness. Your forgiveness has opened my heart to love more. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
death row
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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The Christian Public Servant – “really devoted to Jesus”

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April 12, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

Acts 2:42 [NIV] They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Reflection

While some may have to work overtime, most employee contracts call for an 8-hour day. As the end of the workday draws near, we start to think of other things. Happy hour. Family & friends. Shopping. The game on T.V. Putzing around. Yup, Me-time! That’s what we tend to think about. We love ourselves with enthusiasm, and sometimes Jesus gets lost in the shuffle.

Scripture calls each of us to be devoted, but perhaps we should concentrate on what that word means – to give oneself entirely, to be selflessly loyal and dedicated.

Most of us are devoted to doing our tasks at work, and many are devoted to advancing their careers. And, naturally, we engage in Me-time – our health and our families depend on it.

But are we really Believers devoted to Jesus? Do you and I have other gods before Him? In career, in appearance, in the bank account, in fun, in family and friends, or even in reputation? Sure, we read our devotions, perhaps take time to engage in the Word during the week, and go to Church on Sundays. But are we really devoted to Jesus – aligning all our priorities and actions with His teachings – before work, at work, and after work?

Today make sure you are really devoted to Jesus. Have fun, but find ways to break bread and pray with others. Enjoy family and friends after work, but find ways to fellowship throughout the workday. Engage in Me-time, but go that extra mile to care for a coworker – the way He cares for you. At work and away from work, use Me-time to glorify Him. Give excitement to others by sharing our Lord’s teachings and examples.

Yes, today make sure you are really devoted to Jesus. Fellowship in the Body of Christ, for it is everywhere, and pray for everyone wherever you are.

Prayer

Most precious Jesus, Your passion for me is so amazing. I want to be devoted to You and to follow Your commands throughout the workday and beyond. Lord, give me a love for all Your children here at work today. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Doug Meyer
District Engineer
Office of Drinking Water
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond Virginia USA