The Christian Public Servant – “the spirit of Barnabas”

Christ at work1

June 1, 2018 – Friday


Acts 15:37-38 [KJV] And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.


I always try to approach every person as a treasure who can bless my life. But I will never forget how a brother, here on the row, had the spirit of Barnabas toward me.

You see, for my first years here, I was not a Christian. I was anything but a Christian. Yet then I heard Him call, and I wanted to become a Christian. Problem was, I still wasn’t talking, acting, or responding like a Christian. In fact, I probably did not know five scriptures. And so many rejected me, betting I would not last one week as a Christian. All mocked me except one brother who greeted me differently. He didn’t treat me like I was “Mark.” No, he treated me like he was Barnabas – nurturing me and giving me a host of second chances.

You know some people like Mark. They are on the edge, yearning to follow Him but not sure how and certainly not sure they could even if they knew how. They are everywhere, but certainly they are around you at work. As a Christian public servant, treat them as this one brother treated me. Have the spirit of Barnabas so they will be encouraged and blessed in their Walk.

Like Barnabas, be determined to take them with you!


Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for all the people you plant in my life so I can find new ways to help others. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
death row
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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