The Christian Public Servant – “a quiet leader without tights and cape”

December 30, 2015 – Wednesday

Judges 3:31 (NIV) After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an ox goad. He too saved Israel.

If a bible verse were written about your workday, what would it say?

Scripture tells very little about Shamgar. He was a judge, so he must have been a leader. He was a farmer, handy with at least one instrument of that trade – a long wooden shaft with a metal strip known as an ox goad — to prod oxen in the right direction. Shamgar used that tool-of-trade to strike down 600 enemy soldiers. Imagine that – one farmer killing so many enemies to save His people! Certainly he was known throughout the land. If alive today, some might claim he was a superhero wearing tights and a cape. In our day, he could parlay his amazing deed into endorsement deals, a run for political office, or anything else he wanted.

But in his day, Shamgar pursued no earthly accolades. He was just a quiet leader without tights and cape. He was content with one simple statement attached to the end of his short biblical record: he too saved God’s people.

Now if God chose one farmer to rescue His people, certainly He will choose one Christian public servant today to accomplish tremendous things for His people. And God always chooses the unassuming person – a quiet leader without tights and cape — to accomplish superhuman achievements in His glory.

He will choose you today. Are you ready? Will your actions at work impact many people? Will your actions help that one person who is in greatest need? And if a bible verse were written about your workday, would it say you helped save at least one of His people?

At work today, find a way to help save that one person by pointing her to Christ. Have courage to use the instruments of your trade to step into a crisis and allow God to change lives. But do so as Shamgar did: lead in the right direction and pursue no worldly accolades.

Yes, today at work, be a quiet leader without tights and cape. Glorify only Him in what you do.

Heavenly Father, thank You for depending on me to accomplish much for You this workday. Like Shamgar, give me strength to find a way to help save Your people. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Kevin Erwin
Assistant Principal
Simmons Middle School
Hoover, Alabama USA

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