The Christian Public Servant – “working to glorify our Master in heaven”

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April 10, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Proverbs 18:1 [NIV] An unfriendly man pursues selfish ends; he defies all sound judgment. A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions

Colossians 4:1 [NIV] Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a master in heaven

Reflection

I once attended a seminar for aspiring writers and, during a networking session, I overheard a conversation between a few CEOs. One said he wanted to hire a writer who did not have a lot of goals because he wanted the potential employee only to focus on what was good for his company. The other CEOs tried to explain the value of helping others advance. No matter what they said, the first CEO didn’t care; he found no pleasure in understanding.

Wow! Would you like to work for a boss like that?

As Christian public servants, you and I do have a responsibility to perform our job duties, obey our bosses, and produce quality results. But, isn’t there more to it than that? Especially if you are the one who is the boss?

Scripture reminds us that we are really working to glorify our Master in heaven. Part of that is uplifting one another and helping each other along the way. This may even mean providing the pathway for advancement or even recommending someone for promotion.

Today at work, if you are working for a boss who is only concerned about the organization’s bottom line and does not care for employees – pray for him or her. Let your own work and dealings with coworkers become uplifting. Let your example demonstrate that all your efforts are working to glorify our Master in heaven.

If you’re working for a selfish person, let God handle it, for He is your Master and theirs as well.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for always taking care of me especially during the tough situations on my job. I thank You for Your promotion. Help me be forgiving and look beyond the flaws of others at work. Let everything I do glorify You. I ask this in the holy name of Your Son Jesus. Amen.

Tatiana Scott, MPA
Robertson School of Government
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

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