The Christian Public Servant – “this cycle of self-deception”

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January 23, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Proverbs 28:13-14 [ESV] Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Reflection

It is so common today in most workplaces. Lies concerning budget-needs are viewed as “strategic moves.” Important issues are omitted from meeting agendas allegedly because of “time constraints.” Subordinates simply go through the motions while claiming otherwise to supervisors. In the middle of it all, hearts become hardened and calamity follows.

Scripture reminds us that, when hearts harden, sin is almost always understood to be private. That is, you think God does not see your sin. And what a terrible mistake! In this deception, you move further away from God – no matter how religious you are perceived by others.

The only remedy to this cycle of self-deception, and certain spiritual death, is to acknowledge God knows all your sin – as He knows all my sin. So, we must confess we know He knows our sinful habits, and then work with the Holy Spirit to gain courage and strength to forsake our sin.

Before going to work today, know a healthy work-life in Christ is always honest, open, and an on-going relationship in the spiritual disciplines with God.

Today at work, pledge to break this cycle of self-deception. Confess and forsake your transgressions. Do not let your heart be hardened when coworkers conceal their own transgressions.

Yes, break this cycle of self-deception and walk toward God!

Prayer

Father, today in my work, fill me with confession and strength to walk toward You and away from personal sin and the things of this world. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
Chaplain
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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