The Christian Public Servant – “created to be like God”

 

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June 15, 2018 – Friday

Reading

Ephesians 4:24 [NLT] Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

Reflection

When I was still pretty new to death row, a brother asked me to do something for him – something that would have gotten me into trouble. I said no, but he kept pressuring me and, at times, threatening me. I still said no, because I was on my Walk.

My bible says I was created to be like God. Before I started my Walk, I had no idea what that meant. I was too busy creating myself – unrighteous and unholy. But then I started to read scripture and found I have a new nature, a nature He created, and my new nature is truly righteous and holy.

So I kept telling this brother, no. And finally, he saw my new nature. Not my old nature of selfishness. I wasn’t saying “no” because there was nothing in it for me or I might get into trouble. I kept saying “no” because what this brother wanted was not righteous or holy. And guess what? This brother finally caught on. He saw I had changed my clothes. I had put on a new nature, created to be like God. And my new nature helped that brother begin his Walk.

Where you work, it must be different than here. Still, you may be asked to do things or say things or write things that are not truly righteous and holy. You might not end up where I am, but you may get into trouble if your boss or the public finds out. You might get into trouble if only your kids or spouse finds out.

Today at work, remember you are created to be like God. You are a new person-in-Christ, reborn each morning you wake – just in time to do His business in your work. And if someone asks you to do wrong, address him with your new nature. Show that person how to be truly righteous and holy. Show him how he, too, is created to be like God.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Continue to help me reflect You so others can experience Your righteousness and holiness. 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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