The Christian Public Servant – “specks in coworkers’ eyes”

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October 31, 2017 – Tuesday

Reading

Luke 6:42(b) [NASB] You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

Reflection

A close friend recently said that his most frustrating workplace interactions come with fellow Christians. He hears or reads things from them and ponders, “What are they thinking?! Are they acting Christ-like?” He said he knows what he is doing is truly God-inspired and cannot figure out how a Christian could think or act otherwise.

Oh, my!

I told my friend that, while his Christian coworkers may do wrong, he needs to be more Christ-like in his own behavior. He cannot assume only the worst from others and only the best from himself. He reflected on my advice, and he later confessed his frustration with coworkers is largely about himself and not them.

My friend is not alone. Too often, you and I not only see the flaws in others, but we are angry at them for having those flaws – especially when they are brothers- and sisters-in-Christ. Before speaking of their flaws, we must never forget that we are all sinners and are therefore perpetually flawed. Those specks in coworkers’ eyes are in our own eyes, and are usually larger than we think!

At work today, remember this: while your coworkers are flawed, so are you! Before pointing out their specks, try first to work through your own problems. You may find that a better understanding of yourself leads to a more gracious understanding of those around you.

Today at work, remember those specks in coworkers’ eyes aren’t anything like the log in yours.

Prayer

Lord, I ask for forgiveness, for I am a sinner. May I be cognizant of the specks in my own sight when I look upon Your world. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Michael Bednarczuk
Assistant Professor and Chair
Department of Public Administration
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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