December 20, 2017 – Wednesday
Romans 6:23 [NIV] For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 3:16(a) [NIV] For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son
Driving into work today, the radio station advertised a lawyer who pursues justice for those falsely accused of a crime. Probably all lawyers do that, but I started wondering about being accused of a horrendous crime I never committed. Even worse, what if the punishment was death? Can you imagine having to give up your life for something you never did?
As this scenario circulated in my head, I began thinking about Christ. Isn’t that what Jesus did for me? Yes, this falsely accused Savior went to the cross to pay for my sins.
As Christian public servants, our hearts should always be filled with thanksgiving for what this falsely accused Savior did. The result of his act should impact our hearts in everything we do in our workplaces. It should radiate outwards to coworkers and the citizens we serve, and it should motivate us to look for His purpose in every work-task throughout the day. Being thankful for this falsely accused Savior should remind us of our dependence on Him when things at work fall apart, and it should bring about a sense of godliness because of His constant presence and work in our lives.
Oh, I know it’s the Advent season and all thoughts are on His birth. But even though you see Christmas lights on all the streets and houses, do not forget He paid the ultimate price of His life for your life – for your eternal life.
So, as you drive to work today, take with you a thankful heart for this falsely accused Savior.
Dear Jesus, I pray today with a thankful heart! Thank You for loving me so much – despite my failings – that you accepted Your death for mine. Thank You for surrounding me – including in my workplace – with Your everlasting love. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Angela Arbitter, MPA
International Justice Mission