The Christian Public Servant – “something to be remembered for”

August 4, 2017 – Friday

Reading
Acts 9:17 [NIV] Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Reflection
A brother in the free-world told me of a grandmother who is trying to leave a legacy for her eight grandchildren. She takes them to ball games and to amusement parks. She takes them out to dinner almost every day. She even takes them with her on month-long vacations. Yet she has never taken them to church.

We all try to leave a legacy – something to be remembered for. Even here on Life Row, the brothers write letters to family members and call them as much as they can. But through all the words, how many brothers talk about Christ?

Scripture reminds us that our legacy is to tell people about Jesus. Ananias’ job was to welcome Paul into the Christian family – despite his past. See, Ananias’ legacy spoke through the life of Paul. And what a legacy that was!

Is your job today so much different than Ananias? Is there a coworker who needs to be transformed from Saul to Paul? Is there someone at work who you can welcome into the Christian family – despite their past record? Ananias left a true legacy – something to be remembered for – and so can you.

Today at work, don’t just be friends with people. Do more than just go to lunch or do nice things for that coworker. These are important, but is that the legacy you really want when you are at the foot of the Throne? Welcome that coworker into the Christian family – change Saul into Paul. Leave a true legacy – something to be remembered for!

And this weekend when you are with loved-ones, don’t be like that grandmother. Just as at work, leave a true legacy – something to be remembered for!

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for my Ananias who changed me from Saul to Paul. Let me build a legacy for You by being Ananias to someone else. Amen.

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

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