The Christian Public Servant – “first praise from Him”

August 11, 2017 – Friday

Reading
John 12:42-43 [KJV] Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Reflection
I am blessed to interact with a lot of correctional officers in here, and the vast majority are believers. But while they believe in Jesus, some do not confess Him – due to others they work with. For the most part, these officers are not ashamed of Jesus. But like elsewhere, some are concerned about what others think and do not want to stir things up.

Scripture reminds us that many – even leaders – believed in Jesus, but many also did not confess Him – due to wanting to fit in. Just like where I live and work, some were more worried about first seeking praise from others than seeking first praise from Him.

How about where you work? How about you at work? Does the need for praise from coworkers outweigh seeking first praise from Him?

Today at work, don’t worry about the praise of others. Just find ways to believe and confess. Find ways to show you believe in Christ. But also find ways to confess He is your Savior. Through your words and action, confess you belong to Him. Through your behavior, confess He is the Deliverer from all evil.

At work today, believe and confess. Don’t worry about stirring things up. Look not first for praise from others. Have strength and confidence to seek first praise from Him.

Your workday will be better than you think!

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Continue to stir up my faith, not just to believe, but to confess Your Son Jesus to others – no matter what. Amen.

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

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