The Christian Public Servant – “obligated to invest”

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February 28, 2018 – Wednesday


Philippians 2:4 [ESV] Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.


There was a string of neighborhood burglaries that led me to a teenage boy. He lived in the same area and, at his house, I met his grandmother. I could tell right away she was a loving and responsible lady who would do anything for this grandson without a mother and father in his life.

I learned the grandmother filed a police report back when the boy was a pre-teen. Neighborhood boys bullied and beat him because he wouldn’t join their gang. But now this boy was burglarizing homes with that gang. He will be 26 years-old when released from prison.

I still think about that boy. Who failed him? Was it the officer who downplayed the bullying? Was it school officials who permitted the bullying? Did his grandmother do enough? Is anyone mentoring him in prison? And where are his mother and father?

Scripture requires us to look after others. We simply cannot shrug our shoulders and look away. We are bound to do much more. We are obligated to invest our lives in the lives of those in need.

Your workplace may not be the same as mine, but you still must embrace every opportunity to help others. That young intern. That citizen seeking service. That silent cry for help from a coworker down the hall. What may be a small effort on your part could have a lasting impact on someone else.

Today at work, know you are obligated to invest in helping someone else. Find ways to make that investment. Not only for the sake of others, but because God obligates you to do so.


God, please help me use Your given gifts to the benefit of others, rather than only myself. Give me patience to recognize opportunities to serve others in Your glory. Give me energy to stay invested in others so that they can succeed in Your glory, just as You have the energy to remain invested in me. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Matt Defore, MCJ
in a midsouth law enforcement agency
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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