The Christian Public Servant – “choose not to harm the faith”

August 31, 2017 – Thursday

Reading
1 Corinthians 10:23-24, 31 [ESV] “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.  Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor… So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Reflection
Going out after work with colleagues and coworkers can be fun, and perhaps productive, but it can also test the will of any follower of Christ. While it may be a welcome opportunity to stray from your diet, and that second or third alcoholic drink may be a welcome opportunity to let your hair down, remember others are watching. Some wait for you to trip on your faith. You want to have fun like everyone else but, in doing so, you don’t want to hurt the faith-building of someone just starting to look to Christ.

Scripture verifies this predicament is nothing new. The ancient Christians of Corinth knew that the eyes of others may interpret one’s eating and drinking as worshipping things other than Christ. Like you, the Corinthians wanted to have fun, but they learned to choose not to harm the faith of the on-looker.

So when you go out with coworkers, do as your brothers and sisters in Corinth did so long ago. Have fun, but don’t make selfish decisions. Have fun, but remember: just because you “can,” doesn’t mean you should. Have fun, but make sure your behavior glorifies God and edifies others for Jesus. Have fun, but build others up.

Yes, have fun and let your hair down. But choose not to harm the faith of those around you.

Prayer
Father, especially when having fun with coworkers, let me always glorify You and let my behavior teach others about Jesus. Let me be more concerned with the helpful and less with the legal. Let me seek not my own good, but the good of the coworker watching me. Let me choose not to harm the faith of a coworker who looks at me in the hope of seeing Christ for the first time. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
Chaplain
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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