The Christian Public Servant – “searching for a quick fix”

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March 23, 2018 – Friday


2 Kings 5:9-11 [NIV] So Naaman went with his horses and chariots and stopped at the door of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to say to him, “Go, wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.


Some of my best moments – moments when Jesus reveals Himself to me – take place when I stay faithful in carrying out His will. But what does it mean, to stay faithful? Where I live and work, this is not always an easy thing to know. Brothers, here, have a lot of anxiety knowing time is running out. They tend to be searching for a quick fix, and they somehow hope the search is tied to faithfulness.

In scripture, we find the king of Israel unable to cure Naaman of leprosy. Elisha was then put in a position to tell Naaman about God and reveal His great grace and love to him. Naaman was to wash seven times in the Jordan River to show healing only comes from God. But Naaman was searching for a quick fix, thinking Elisha should just call upon God to cure Him. Elisha, however, was faithful in carrying out God’s will. Naaman was not faithful and went away angry and uncured.

God places you and me where He wants us – including the workplace. His reason is not the worldly reason for us being where we are, and my worldly reason is certainly not the same as yours. But God places us in great positions to reveal His love and grace. He wants us to be faithful, like Elisha, and not anxious, like Naaman. He wants us to convey this message to those around us who are searching for a quick fix.

Today at work, join me in revealing God’s love and grace to everyone – especially those who do not understand that only faith in Him can address a problem.

Yes, today show faith to that anxious person searching for a quick fix.


Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for revealing Your love and grace. Your will is for me to be faithful in Your love and grace, and my faithfulness will take away my anxiety. Let me show this to others throughout the day. 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 – “to do right”

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March 22, 2018 – Thursday


Deuteronomy 6:18(a) [KJV] And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee

Acts 18:10 [KJV] For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.


I once worked in an office where trade agreements were intentionally constructed unethically. A bit over-dramatization? Not really. Seeing what I saw each day, my conscience bothered me to the point where I had to do something. And so, I prayed. Should I stay involved with an organization that chooses this kind of path? Should I take a stand, like filing a complaint? What will happen to me?

According to scripture, the Lord wants us to do right because it pleases Him. The Word also affirms He is always with us and, in fact, will supply others to lend support. Granted, others may choose not to show up when needed, but that is between them and God. All you and I need do is have faith, do good, and know He is there.

So with much prayer, I decided to leave that organization – after I made clear the wrongs I saw committed. And once I resigned, a few others followed. And all found better paths.

God may never lead you to quit your job, but rather, handle the situation in some other fashion. God may never present unethical wrong-doings to you – but wrong-doings based, perhaps, on breaking the law or violating internal policy. Nevertheless, the wrong-doings He presents to you today will force you to decide if you will follow the actions He wants you to take.

Today at work, don’t wait for someone to do right. Jesus is waiting on you to take the lead.


Father, thank You for guiding me through a life-changing event at work. Your word has taught me to have faith in Your power, love and grace. Thank You for being near me and placing other followers in and on my path. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Tracie M. Beller
Fayetteville, Arkansas USA
and Candidate, Online MA in Homeland Security
Robertson School of Government
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

The Christian Public Servant – “cry for help”

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March 21, 2018 – Wednesday


Psalm 34:17 [NIV] The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

Luke 10:33 [NIV] But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.


It was 13 degrees (Fahrenheit) when I arrived on the scene of a non-violent bank robbery. The teller described the robber as an old man wearing shorts and without a weapon. My partner and I thought it strange that the robber was wearing shorts because it was so cold. Because he did not have a car, we located him in the nearby area within the hour.

I learned the robber had been rejected in nearly every way possible. Fired from his job, he couldn’t pay his rent and, quickly, he got evicted. Hungry and not knowing where to go, he called an ambulance and feigned a heart attack. He was quickly discharged from the hospital, having no symptoms. He spent the night in the lobby, and again he attempted unsuccessfully to get admitted to the ER. He continued to stay in the lobby until he was banned from the hospital. He was sent walking in below-freezing weather in only a pair of shorts. He then entered the bank, and told the employee to give him some money.

How many times did this man cry for help? Granted, robbing a bank isn’t the answer, but the robbery barely scratches the surface. Scripture reminds us that the Lord hears the cry of His flock, but our Lord also requires His flock to help the lamb in trouble.

It does not matter, the nature of your profession or job. How often do you reject others when they cry for help? As a Christian public servant, you are bound to carry out the Lord’s will and deliver others from trouble – regardless of it being an easy or hard thing to do.

Today at work, listen for our Lord. You may not hear the cry for help, but He will. And
He will let you know when it’s time to deliver one of His lambs.


Dear Lord, please keep me alert in my job so I can carry out Your will and lift others who are crushed in this world. Help me do this so that others will do the same for me when I am crushed. Let me do this to glorify You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Matt Douglas MCJ
in a mid-south law enforcement agency
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

The Christian Public Servant – “engage in works of compassion”

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March 20, 2018 – Tuesday


Matthew 25:40b) [NKJV] Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.


My friend’s mother passed, and she is fighting depression. Herself a single mother of two young daughters, she must hold down two jobs. This young lady combats her own troubles even though she sometimes feels the world is crumbling around her. She does this by finding ways to serve God and engage in works of compassion.

Recently, she spent most of a day-off with her church family – preparing a meal to be served at a homeless shelter later that evening. As she talked about her experience, a sense of true joy radiated from her – a sign of Christ’s love for her was in her.

Now, this simple act of service to others may not seem earth-shattering. It did not solve all the homeless problems. But, something great took place for His Kingdom. Over 40 hungry people were fed and blessed by my friend’s willingness to engage in works of compassion.

Christ’s words remind you and me, as Christian public servants, that we serve Him directly when we serve, “the least of these.”

So, are you willing to give of yourself? Will you do so this week? Will you find the time and priority to engage in works of compassion – despite what is going on in your life?

Before or after work, or on a day-off, accept His invitation to serve the least of His. And like my friend, you will be truly blessed as you follow Jesus.


Our Father in heaven, bless my works and allow me to show compassion and mercy by elevating the need. Show me how to bless others as You bless me. Let Your light shine through me so that all may see Your goodness and give You glory. I ask all of this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Katherine Zasadny, MPA
Hiawatha Care Center (CNA)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA

The Christian Public Servant – “who really owns the assets”


March 19, 2018 – Monday


Luke 12:33-34 [NIV] Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.


If it’s not your day off, I am sure you are going to be hard at work today. I happen to work in a prison, but you may be going to work in an office or a construction site or perhaps in law enforcement. It doesn’t matter. By the time we “clock in,” our intent is to work hard all day. This is how we earn money, pay the bills, send our kids off to college, or save for the future. The money we make is surely ours since we work hard to make it. Isn’t it?

Well, scripture paints a slightly different picture. In fact, this particular scripture is the key to Jesus’ message to us. Jesus questions, who really owns the assets you and I acquire? And, where will our hearts be found?

No, today at work you should not sell everything. And you shouldn’t quit your job. Jesus does not want your family to join the ranks of the poor. But he does what you to scrutinize the condition of your heart, and then be faithful to the mission to which you are called.

Before work, during work, after work – how will you give to the poor? The economic poor. The spiritual poor. Your coworker with a poor heart. Even if it’s your day off, what assets will you use? Your time? Your money? Prayer is important, but Jesus wants to see what kind of purse you have – an earthly purse or an eternal purse. Will your heart belong to Jesus?

Today decide, who really owns the assets you acquire. Make sure your purse does not wear out before eternity. Know where your treasure lies, that is where He will find your heart.


Father, all that I acquire, I acquire because of You. Today at work, help me find ways to help the poor in need – physical need, financial need, spiritual need. The poor in heart. It all comes from Your treasure, which is where I want You to find my heart. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

The Christian Public Servant – “comfort others”


March 16, 2018 – Friday


2 Corinthians 7:6 [NLT] But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.


Before my conviction and arrival on Death Row, the only one I comforted was me. Taking care of my business. Doing what pleased me. And after I was sentenced here, I still comforted only me. But then I met God, and it seems my job now is to do nothing but follow Him and comfort others. Through our Life Row church, ministering to the brothers and some correctional officers, and writing to you – I have grown to love communicating with others because of my communication with my Heavenly Father.

Scripture teaches us to comfort others who are discouraged. The Word also promises that brothers and sisters will arrive, when we need them, to comfort us. Titus had the spirit to comfort, and this meant he gave of himself and invested in others.

Where you work, there must be a lot of people. Some are discouraged and some may even be cast out. Even those who appear OK have something going on that’s not right. A lot of people need comforting.

Today at work, be like Titus. Remember, it is not what you get but what you give. Like Titus, follow God to those who need help and encouragement.

Today, comfort others.


Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for sending others to comfort me. Thank You for sending me to comfort others. Through Your comfort, Your kingdom is advanced. 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 – “forgiving others”


March 15, 2018 – Thursday


Matthew 18:22(b), 33 [NKJV] I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times sevenShould you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?


I’d been sick for a week and still not feeling well. The work day was exhausting and irritating. As I started to drag myself home, the parking garage offered one final straw: a big dent in my car. This day was too much, and I got angry. Angry at whoever hit my car. Angry at the one who designed this parking garage so only Mini’s and motorcycles could fit. Angry at management for moving me to a windowless basement office. Angry at all the other foolishness that goes on in my work life.

And then a coworker saw what happened. He tried to cheer me up, and I got angry at him. My humor turned vicious, and I hurt my friend. And then I wondered, how I got to this point?

Once home, my wife and I talked about what happened – and how today’s anger was just the top layer of a whole lot of anger. We prayed and then looked at scripture. I started realizing I have trouble forgiving others – people I know and people I don’t know. And so, I committed to start forgiving others.

It wasn’t easy at first, but the anger did subside. Junk cleared out of my mind. I became humble, free to rejoice with a servant’s attitude. I somehow acquired a mind and heart ready to obey His still small voice. And, my friend at work sees the difference!

Today at work, don’t let pent-up anger overwhelm you. Whatever happens, focus on forgiving others – do so seventy times seven – even those who will never know what they’ve done to you.

And when you do, you will be closer to Him and a better servant to His flock!


Father, I have sinned against You so many times I can’t even count. Jesus, I praise You for Your unfathomable sacrifice that made forgiveness possible. Spirit, help me forgive those I know and those I don’t know, so You can restore a right spirit in me. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

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