The Christian Public Servant – “to be a cheerful giver”

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February 22, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 [NKJV] But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully, will reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Reflection

“Close enough for government work.”

Now, how often do you and I hear that! How often do we think that and do that?

I was blessed recently when a coworker did not live by that motto. I was out one day, and he spent several hours covering me for a rush project in my district. I was back in the next day, but overwhelmed with that project, and an additional rush request came in related to it. Well, this brother jumped in to help again.

Scripture reminds us to be like my coworker. He could have taken a message and just waited for my return the next day. He could have completed the tasks with the minimum effort. He could have reminded me about it, looking for pay-back or a reward. But he didn’t. His work was top quality. He gave bountifully, but not grudgingly. God blessed him with many gifts, and this coworker blessed me when he used those gifts for my benefit. He knew scripture, and he chose to be a cheerful giver.

Others may claim, “close enough for government work.” But Christian public servants know being close enough is not enough for God’s works!

At work today, give bountifully as He purposes your heart. This is what I plan to do. If we both choose to be a cheerful giver, you and I will reap bountifully!

Prayer

Jesus, I praise You for Your bountiful riches, and thank You for the many gifts You’ve given me beyond salvation. Please create a new heart in me, a soft heart, a bountiful heart, a heart that is ready and willing to give graciously of the resources You’ve given me to my coworkers and the citizens I serve. For Your glory, I do and I pray. Amen.

Doug Meyer
District Engineer
Office of Drinking Water
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond, Virginia USA

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