The Christian Public Servant – “pass the test before you can serve”

June 28, 2017 – Wednesday

Reading
1 Timothy 3:10 [NLT] Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.

Reflection
Last Sunday, my pastor preached a powerful message, “God proves you before He promotes you.” As scripture confirms, you must pass the test before you can serve. That is what good leadership requires – whether in the capacity of church deacon or agency manager. You must pass the test before you can serve.

Are you tired of your job assignment? Feel stuck at your current rank? Are you eagerly awaiting the opportunity for promotion? Or, are you only part-time and want to become full-time? Perhaps you are an intern hoping that a position will open with your name on it?

Remember, God loves good human resource management. He knows that serving at a higher level requires knowledge and experience to do the job right. He favors performance assessment so that abilities can be judged.

At work today, don’t grow tired of what you do. Don’t just wait eagerly for an opportunity. Work hard – very hard – to show others you can do more if asked. Rest assured, God is with you on this venture. But whatever door He wants to open, He wants you to be prepared.

Both God and good managers are on the same page: pass the test before you can serve.

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me pass Your test and the tests of my supervisor at work. I want to be obedient to You, Father. I want to be obedient to You in all places including my workplace. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Barbara Hill
Teacher Assistant
Jackson Public Schools
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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