The Christian Public Servant – “a nevertheless spirit”

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June 23, 2017 – Friday

Reading
Matthew 26:39(b) [NIV] My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.

Reflection
As I read and study, I find so many people in the Bible who had a nevertheless spirit of obedience to God. You know, people who followed God regardless of the detail and regardless of the consequence. Moses, Noah, David, Daniel, Paul – come to my mind. And then, of course, there was Jesus. The worldly part of Jesus did not want to die. (Who does?) But the spiritual part of Jesus knew that even dying was in God’s hands. Even in preparing for death, He lived a life of obedience – not worldly will, but spiritual will. Jesus was going to do whatever God wanted Him to do, regardless of the pain involved.

And so it should be with us.

Every day you and I are put in situations we don’t want. We see things we wish we didn’t. We hear things that we can’t block from our ears. Settings beyond our comfort zones.

As a Christian public servant, don’t let circumstance control your action. Don’t let the world dictate your outcome. Don’t let fear lead your way.

So at work today, you may not be where you want to be. You may be way out of your comfort zone. That’s okay. Just be obedient to God regardless of all else. Listen to Him always. Keep a nevertheless spirit in your heart and in your soul.

And when you do, coworkers and those you serve will begin to see Him. Through you, my friend, others will experience the one true God. Yes, if you keep a nevertheless spirit of obedience to God, others will begin to hear His will – not theirs!

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Keep me humble. Give me opportunities today to do Your will, not mine. Amen.

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

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