The Christian Public Servant – “struggle against the crowd”
July 5, 2017 – Wednesday
Luke 23:4, 24-25 [NIV] Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” … So Pilate decided to grant their demand. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
We all struggle against the crowd. After all, we live in a world where everyone is on display and constantly evaluated for what we look like, how we talk, what we say and post, and even what we don’t say and post. This is especially true for Christian public servants at work. We struggle against the crowd whenever a crowd gathers.
It’s easy to get worn-down and just give in to the crowd. That’s what Pilate did. He knew there was no basis for the charges against Jesus and yet, in a moment of weakness, he gave into their demands and granted the warrant to execute the King of the Jews.
Now you might think you would have done better than Pilate. Yet, I will confess I have failed miserably sometimes in my struggle against the crowd. I have not stood up to the break room jokes, to the frequent character assassinations of coworkers, to decisions made simply to treat citizens as customers and not as brothers and sisters. At times I have even gone along with others after work just for the sake of comfort, ease, and popularity. In my struggle against the crowd, I know, I have failed Jesus.
Yet, I am reminded that Jesus turns our broken failures into the greatest love story. If Pilate refuses to crucify him and doesn’t turn him over to the crowd in the square, the course of our salvation would have looked dramatically different. So, I as I continue to struggle against the crowd, I realize God knows my mistakes and sees my failures. He plans for my moments of weakness, just as He did with Pilate’s weakness. My failures play a role in someone else’s story. My destiny is, therefore, closely linked to those around me. And I know God can work someone’s failures into my success story.
Today at work, as you struggle against the crowd, take comfort in knowing God can work your failures into another’s success. He can work another’s failures into your success. It is not your responsibility to figure it out. Just know that as your conscience convicts you for failing, His grace repairs you!
Father, I thank You for all You do for me. I thank you for my mess, and for working through me. Give me strength to struggle against the crowd, but forgiveness when I fail. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Head Soccer Coach
Texas Southern University
Houston, Texas USA