The Christian Public Servant – “in true relationship”

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September 14, 2017 – Thursday

Reading
Hosea 6:6 [NIV] For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

Matthew 5:23-24 [NIV] Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Reflection
Have you ever met someone who gives God a bad name? A citizen you serve in your job? A coworker? Maybe it’s you? Boasting of being in church all the time, but having no mercy or care for others. Those around know it, and it makes the title – a Christian public servant – a poor epithet.

God wants you and me to be in true relationship with those around us. However, we seem to get so busy, we may sometimes forget the very thing God wants. Sure, He wants our love, but He also wants us to love and care for one another. Instead of shouting in the public square so that we can be right, You and I should spend time with others and get to know them better.

When you are at work today, focus on being in true relationship with someone. If you do this, perhaps the office stress will decrease. Maybe you will find that person in need. Or maybe, you will find that person in the greatest of need.

Today at work, be reconciled and be blessed! Find that true worship with God begins with you being in true relationship with others.

Prayer
Dear Lord, help me to stop and spend time building true relationships with the people I pass by at work each day. You created me to watch out for others, not to shout against another. I pray for Godly love to be my brother’s and sister’s keeper and, in so doing, worship You better. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

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

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