The Christian Public Servant – “not just textbook knowledge, but wisdom”

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March 27, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Deuteronomy 34:9 [KJV] And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him

Titus 2:3-4 [KJV] The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness…teachers of good things;… That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children…

Reflection

Many people spend their formative years seeking knowledge. Some follow pathways taking them to college, and even graduate school, while others learn a trade. Yet, does this truly prepare them for what may lie ahead in life?

Obstacles often present great uncertainties. In fact, the one dealing with the problem becomes so emotionally involved that he or she cannot clearly see a pathway to address the problem or the remedy. They research various options looking for the right answer. Yet, sometimes it is not just textbook knowledge, but wisdom that one needs.

Scripture emphasizes the importance of the wisdom of the elders. Joshua was a grown man and proven warrior yet he still submitted to the prodding and guidance of Moses.

So what about you? Do you have a mentor? Better yet, as a Christian public servant, are you willing to provide mentorship? Are you willing to impart from the gifts and talents that God bestowed upon you – not just textbook knowledge, but wisdom?

Today look for a coworker who may need more than a simple answer. Offer not just textbook knowledge, but wisdom.

Our Lord is looking for you to help, and others are looking for your help!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, please give me wisdom to speak into someone’s life when an opportunity presents itself. Please reveal to me who to mentor and guide as I build a relationship that glorifies You and keeps You at its center. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Angela Arbitter, MPA
International Justice Mission
Gulu, Uganda

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