The Christian Public Servant – “shout here I am”

 

 

 

 

 

Here I am, Lord4

January 18, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

Deuteronomy 31:6 [NIV] Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Isaiah 6:8 [NIV] Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Reflection

Got a phone call from a former student. She works for a Christian nonprofit that serves the poor and homeless. When first taking the job, how excited she was! But gradually, things have changed. At a meeting earlier in the day, her supervisor outlined a “new” direction based on a business model. From now on, projects would be judged not by measures of Jesus, but by measures of cost/benefit analysis.

Scripture reminds us that believers need to be courageous. That we must fight not just the so-called good fight, as any secularist can do that. We must fight His fight. Scripture reminds us that we are called by Him, and we need to shout here I am to the Lord.

Well, my former student plans to be courageous tomorrow at a staff meeting. After much prayer, the Lord is sending her to battle the misapplication of a business model and what it does to His people. Tomorrow, she will shout here I am to the Lord. She will present the case that the business model is killing Christ.

Certainly, workplace challenges have intensified in the last few years. You might be facing a misapplication of a business model, or it may be another crisis. As Christ workers, you and I need to pray about how to address those issues. If it is God’s issue, not just our ego, we need to find the courage to shout here I am!

Whatever God calls you to do at work today, be courageous and shout here I am, Lord!

Prayer

Father God, I want to stand fast with You today at work. Will You help me? Let me feel Your hand on my shoulder, guiding and guarding me, as I heed Your call. I want to shout here I am! In Jesus name, I pray, for all who hear Your calling. Amen.

James D. Slack, Ph.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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