The Christian Public Servant – “rich towards God”

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April 24, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Luke 12:15 [ESV] And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Jeremiah 29:11 [NLT] “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Reflection

A lot of coworkers seem to have everything they need. Some even flash their wealth and material possessions about wanting others to notice. A few even profile in new luxury sports cars with the proverbial aura of “Look at me!” And sometimes I get jealous of what others have.

You see, I struggle trying to balance paying bills, obtaining necessities, and putting money away for a long-off retirement. Sometimes I worry about just getting by, not to mention getting ahead.

Sound familiar? Do you struggle and worry about making ends meet?

Now in the working world, it’s all about performing your job duties well to get that merit increase or promotion. Yet, is that what our Lord wants us to worry about?

Scripture reminds, you and I have a more important calling than the gathering of wealth and possessions. Yes, I know…you have to have money to live, but that’s not all there is to it. We are called to be rich towards God.

Today, as you go to work and perform your tasks, surrender your worries and trust in the Lord. Have hope. He sees your struggles as He sees mine. Know that His plans are for good.

Even as you deal with the mountainous workload and the coworkers who have more than you, realize that you too were created for His specific purpose. He wants you to work for His glory. And only then will you be rich towards God!

Prayer

Father God, Author of all that is good, let me seek You in everything. I know material things are not what really counts, but I worry when things don’t seem to fall into place. Help me find comfort with the knowledge that You know all my true needs. Please let me trust You more each day knowing You will provide. Let me be rich towards You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

Deyonta T. Johnson, MPA
Street Law Program Assistant
Norfolk Court Service Unit
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Norfolk, Virginia USA

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