The Christian Public Servant – “conduct business with justice”

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December 27, 2017 – Wednesday

Reading

Psalm 112:5 [NIV] Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.

Reflection

You’d think the Christmas spirit would continue for at least a week, but yesterday at work it did not. I phoned a claims client and, after I identified myself and the purpose of the call, the man on the other end started to use profane language and made racists comments. I asked him several times not to speak at me with such words, but he wouldn’t stop. I decided to let him continue, just to complete the call, but profanity and racism kept coming.

Before I hung up, I decided to bring God into the conversation. I reminded him that, while we may be of different races, we are created by the same Father. While we may be of different color, we both are made in His image. I told him that scripture calls for all believers – including him and me – to conduct business with justice. I explained this is why I did not hang up.

Well, the man calmed down and apologized. He confessed he was a Christian, but obviously not that day. He talked about the frustration in his day, but did so with much more respect towards me and his God. As he said goodbye, he told me how ashamed he was and those ugly words would never again leave his mouth.

God expects you and me to conduct business with justice. I know it’s difficult because there are many who want nothing more than to spew the venom of injustice. A few mean it, and others are just angry. Still, God is clear on how we are to react.

Christmas may be over in the hearts of some, but it should not be over in your heart. Today at work, follow Christ and conduct business with justice. Do this even when confronted with the angry, the profane, and the racist. No matter who, conduct business with justice. And know good will come of it when you do!

Prayer

Dear God, guide me each day to conduct business with justice regardless of who I am serving. And surely good will come of it when I do! In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Renata Rankin
Disability Adjudicator
Mississippi Department of Human Services
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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