The Christian Public Servant – “display a Godly honor”

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December 15, 2017 – Friday


Judges 21:25 [KJV] In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.


Recently, a correctional officer told all the hall runners, including me, to lock-down because they needed a re-count. (Hall runners get ice and heat food up for the brothers in cells. Lock-down is when all inmates must return to their cells. Re-counts happen throughout the day to make sure no one is missing.) So, I went back to my cell and shut the door, hence, locking it for the lock-down.

After the re-count, about 30 minutes later, the correctional officer called out to me and noticed my door was locked. He came over, unlocked the door, and asked me why I had shut it. I told him I was obeying his instructions about the lock-down. He told me other runners did not shut their doors, but sat on their beds for the recount with their doors open. I responded that I try to display a Godly honor with all his commands.

On Life Row, I work as a runner. But I bet your workplace is no different. You must see coworkers feeling somehow empowered to do what is right in their own eyes – despite specific instructions given by those in authority. They cut corners with instructions, and it may be ok to do so in your workplace. But, as a Christian public servant, you have a higher obligation.

Today at work, display a Godly honor in all your decisions. And remember, when you display a Godly honor to your supervisor, you must first extend that honor to God, Himself. In that way, work will be done in a successful and serving way – to those in authority and to Him.


Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for renewing my mind and heart each day so I can honor You in all my decisions and not just do what is right in my own eyes. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Death Row
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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