The Christian Public Servant – “that hidden snake in the grass”

August 29, 2016 – Monday

1 Samuel 16:7 [NIV] But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Do you have an area of weakness in the workplace that you never seem able to overcome – no matter how hard you try? One of Satan’s powerful weapons is to deceive us in focusing on the symptoms of a problem and not the root cause. It’s like chopping a weed at the surface and allowing the root to remain.

For me, my weakness is public speaking. It’s an ongoing fear that, after decades, you’d think I could figure out. But I remain a work-in-progress – at least as far as my fear of speaking in front of groups.

You know, the Orthodox Church has a helpful teaching: if you have an area of weakness that you can’t solve, there is often a root of hidden sin. This all made sense to me when I realized that the source of my workplace fear is pride and the desire to always look good, please others, and be the “best.”

For me, pride is like that hidden snake in the grass – but hidden deep at the bottom of my heart. There it disguises motives and transforms itself into a misguided desire for excellence. And you know what? I have found much peace in confessing the sin of pride. It has allowed “me to be me” – accepting both my strengths and weaknesses and crushing that hidden snake in the grass – pride – when it appears.

Yes, I have found greater peace!

What about you? What are your workplace weaknesses? Interpersonal weaknesses?

Today at work, ask God to uncover that hidden snake in the grass – hidden deep at the bottom of your own heart. After all, the Lord looks not at outward appearance, but only at the heart!

Thank You, Jesus, for Your grace and mercy. I pray You will expose and crush all the hidden snakes of sin found in my heart. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Gary Roberts, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Master of Public Administration Program
Robertson School of Government
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA


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