The Christian Public Servant – “may not return home tonight”

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September 11, 2017 – Monday

Reading
Mark 4:39 [KJV] And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

John 15:13 [KJV] Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Reflection
Most of us go to work without having to put our lives on the line. Sure, you and I are servants to God in our own workplaces and, as such, are Christian public servants. Yet there are some who go to work for God and know they may not return home tonight.

First responders, across the world, work in danger to save others. They do so amid disasters – earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, and the like. First responders understand they may not return home tonight. They recognize the stakes and still accept the responsibilities.

As you drive to work today, remember the first responders in your community. They exemplify the role played in God’s plan. They accept the chance of death when the winds are not yet rebuked and the seas are not yet peaceful. They are God’s hands and feet in creating calm during and after the disaster. They do so knowing they may not return home tonight.

Each workplace is unique, and each Christian worker follows the plan of God. Yet some follow Him knowing they may not return home tonight. At work today, find one to thank.

Prayer
Father God, thank You for inspiring those who risk everything for others. Let them all return home tonight. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

James D. Slack, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Department of Public Policy and Administration
Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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