May 8, 2018 – Tuesday
Romans 12:1-2 [NIV] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Ever wondered what your true role is at your workplace? What is it that you do to truly “make a difference?” I know I have… It almost seems daunting at first, but I have determined I am supposed to be the example.
You see, I am an openly professed God-fearing woman. I am very aware that people are looking at me as a Christian public servant – observing how I act in the workplace. But, I confess – I’m a sinner. I sometimes fall short of being the example. I make mistakes in how I react to certain situations or even in how I treat others.
What about you? Have you ever reflected on how you act in the workplace? Do you feel the same way I do? It’s stressful, but don’t be disheartened!
Scripture reminds us that, as brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, we can offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. Even in our shortcomings, in view of God’s mercy, we can become the example. Take a step back and know you are not alone. Know He is ever-present.
As you begin your work today, every action and every word can be an act of worship. Pray and prepare for what lies ahead during the day. Most of all, remember people are watching you.
So be the example! You will truly be a living sacrifice – holy and pleasing to God.
Oh Lord, I offer myself as a living sacrifice to be pleasing to You. In my workplace, allow me to worship You – in my actions, thoughts, words, and prayers – to guide others to Your glorious light. Show me how to best do this, even if to just bring one coworker into the family of Christ. I want to live as a shining example of Your love. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sara Gainor, M.A.
Robertson School of Government
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA