The Christian Public Servant – “become truly free”

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August 30, 2017 – Wednesday

Reading
Galatians 5:1, 13 [NIV] It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery…You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Reflection
Have you ever notice how much we all look forward to holidays? Doesn’t matter the season of the year, you can always tell when a coworker is getting ready to go on vacation. He seems lighter somehow, like just the thought of getting away is liberating.

Why not? It seems during the rest of the year people are shackled to their jobs. Often the pressures of the everyday grind just get to them, and they cannot see the freedom that is right before them. The Christian public servant has a responsibility to share that freedom with others and to share in a responsible way. Scripture reminds us that we must not use freedom to indulge in worldly anticipation. Rather, we are to use the freedom Christ gives us to humbly love and serve one another.

It is in the serving of others that you become truly free. You are no longer just an employee working on a menial task. You now have a mission – His mission – and that mission brings freedom.

Today at work, don’t let the pressures place its “yoke” on you. For the sake of all you come in contact today, love others humbly and show others what it means to become truly free.

Yes, a vacation is nice. But today, stand firm for Him at work and become truly free.

Prayer
Dear Lord, I am free because You have redeemed me. Help me not waste the high price You paid for me. Help me reach others who are bogged down at work. Help me live free for others and as a witness of what a life in You is all about. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Stan Best
Training Manager
Apprentice School
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, Virginia USA

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