The Christian Public Servant – “for the gospel’s sake”

Jimmy Davis, Jr.

February 23, 2018 – Friday

Reading

1 Corinthians 9:22-23 [KJV] To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Reflection

At last Sunday’s service, I was really blessed by a young brother giving his testimony. He used to be a drug dealer, and then he became a drug user. But for the gospel’s sake, I never gave up on him. When he was weak, I became weak so that I might gain him. Yes, for the gospel’s sake, I spoke my life to his life when he did wrong. And now he walks with our Lord!

Everyone you meet will not yet be a Christian. Some may have stopped going to church, or may have never gone to church. Others may not know scripture or anything about Jesus. This is why scripture calls you to be like Paul – weak to gain the weak. By any and all means, saving some. And like Paul, do so for the gospel’s sake.

Today at work, remember you are Paul. You are the church. You are the Bible. There is a coworker or a citizen you serve is who is weak and in need of Christ. Be weak to gain the weak. Partake with that person, by all means, and do so for the gospel’s sake.

Sharing the Good News will be the start of a blessed weekend – for both of you!

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for loving me so I can love others – for the gospel’s sake! Amen.

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

The Christian Public Servant – “to be a cheerful giver”

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February 22, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 [NKJV] But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully, will reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Reflection

“Close enough for government work.”

Now, how often do you and I hear that! How often do we think that and do that?

I was blessed recently when a coworker did not live by that motto. I was out one day, and he spent several hours covering me for a rush project in my district. I was back in the next day, but overwhelmed with that project, and an additional rush request came in related to it. Well, this brother jumped in to help again.

Scripture reminds us to be like my coworker. He could have taken a message and just waited for my return the next day. He could have completed the tasks with the minimum effort. He could have reminded me about it, looking for pay-back or a reward. But he didn’t. His work was top quality. He gave bountifully, but not grudgingly. God blessed him with many gifts, and this coworker blessed me when he used those gifts for my benefit. He knew scripture, and he chose to be a cheerful giver.

Others may claim, “close enough for government work.” But Christian public servants know being close enough is not enough for God’s works!

At work today, give bountifully as He purposes your heart. This is what I plan to do. If we both choose to be a cheerful giver, you and I will reap bountifully!

Prayer

Jesus, I praise You for Your bountiful riches, and thank You for the many gifts You’ve given me beyond salvation. Please create a new heart in me, a soft heart, a bountiful heart, a heart that is ready and willing to give graciously of the resources You’ve given me to my coworkers and the citizens I serve. For Your glory, I do and I pray. Amen.

Doug Meyer
District Engineer
Office of Drinking Water
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond, Virginia USA

The Christian Public Servant – “the truest kind of love”

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February 21, 2018 – Wednesday

Reading

1 Peter 4:8 [NIV] Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Reflection

Because of Valentine’s Day, or perhaps because of the marketing of candy and flowers, people seem to think of love (and those they love) throughout this month. Go into any supermarket, and you still see candy, flowers, and balloons – all reminding us of love. This is nice, but do we ever stop to think of what it truly means to love?

Scripture tells us to love each other above all else, and yet this world gives us such poor examples of love – artificial examples of how to love. Spiritually, these examples do not reflect true love and, because of that, they tend to lead only to spiritual misery and spiritual death.

Fortunately, the One came to show us the truest kind of love. Jesus showed us Godly all-encompassing love – agape love – love so pure, it can never be paid back. When Jesus saw people hurting, he loved them and brought about healing and restitution. He loved us all so much he died to free us from the sinful lives we were all born into. To sacrifice for another and not ask for repayment – He showed us that this is the truest kind of love.

One would think His modern followers would be willing to do the same for others. Sadly, we tend to follow the world’s examples of love which only leaves us feeling hollow.

You know, you can show agape love – Godly love that cannot be repaid – the truest kind of love. You can show this kind of love – even in your workplace. Care deeply for the coworker next to you. Love deeply your adversary in the budget meeting. Let your love cover the manager’s “multitude of sins.”

Yes, this is the so-called month of love. At work today, follow Him and show the truest kind of love to one and all.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I thank You for loving me so much that You sent Your Son to die for me. I thank You for showing me, throughout your life, agape love – Godly love that can never be repaid. May I love others with Your all-encompassing love and may that love move me to help someone just as Jesus did and does. May I learn and practice the truest kind of love. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Stan Best
Training Manager
Apprentice School
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, Virginia USA

The Christian Public Servant – “compassion and forgiveness”

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February 20, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Galatians 6:1-2 [NIV] Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you may also be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Matthew 6:12 [NIV] Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors

Reflection

Have you ever worked with “that” model employee? You know, the one who is the consummate professional, shows up early each day, never complains, gets her own work done ahead of time, helps others complete their tasks, and even volunteers for extra duties or assignments? Do you ever wonder what makes that coworker tick?

I once worked with that model employee. She was a wonderful to be around, and fun to work with. Yet, one day I observed her taking money from the office snack room – yes, stealing money. As I struggled to think how I should react, I determined I needed to confront her.

In a private setting with our supervisor as a witness, I told this person what I saw her do with the money. She immediately admitted to her offense. With tears in her eyes, she told us that her husband had abandoned her and her three children. While she knew it was wrong to take the money, she took the money just to be able to buy food for her children. Well, in a great move of compassion and forgiveness, my boss first gave her the opportunity to return the money and then followed up by giving her $50 to help her in her time of need!

As humans, we often are quick to jump to judgment and condemnation every time someone makes a mistake. Yet Jesus tells us to have compassion and forgiveness. Scripture calls us to forgive and gently help to restore the person who has done wrong to a place of peace.

Today at work, before passing judgment, remember that every coworker is going through different challenges in life. Be encouraging and take the time to show genuine interest in their lives. Your interest could save a person from sin or help make his or her life better even in a small way.

If someone in your workplace fails today, will you show compassion and forgiveness?

Prayer

Lord, today at work, please help me be kind to others when they sin. Help me be forgiving and help to restore them as You restore me. Help me assist them with their burdens. Ultimately, use me as Your beacon of light to lead others to You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Reagan Hinton, M.A.
International Justice Mission
Gulu, Uganda

The Christian Public Servant – “thank You for the stress”

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February 19, 2018 – Monday

Reading

James 1:2-4 [NIV] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Proverbs 16:3 [NIV] Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

Reflection

I live a busy life. It’s one of the true blessings of my work that no two days are ever the same. Outside of my work, my life is just as busy. But sometimes I just want everything to stop so that the stress will go away. Yet when I honestly say, thank You for the stress, it’s much easier. Yes, thanking God helps me focus on what is good and right in my life. I have a job, pay my rent, and I have earned a graduate degree to make a better life for myself. Without these stresses, I would not be blessed to be a better Christian public servant.

I bet your life is busy too, especially if you have a family, school or even a second job to help make ends meet. All this can cause a lot of stress, as it does for me! However, scripture reminds us that, while the trials are many, perseverance matures us. Scripture also reminds us to commit what we do to the Lord.

Before you go to work this morning, knowing you will face trials, take a moment to say thank You for the stress. Thank Him for using it to establish your plans. Thank Him for using it to mold and shape you into a better servant of His Kingdom.

And you will see the true beauty of the blessings that come out of stress.

Prayer

Thank You, Lord, for all blessings in my life, including the bittersweet stresses that keep me motivated. I am forever grateful to You. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Meredith Pulsford, MPA
Operations Officer
Norfolk Police Department
Norfolk, Virginia USA

The Christian Public Servant – “prepared like the wise”

Jimmy Davis, Jr.

February 16, 2018 – Friday

Readings

Matthew 25:3-4 [NKJV] Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

Reflection

During my journey as a Christian public servant, Jesus has been preparing me for a lot. How to love like Him. How to be patient. How to listen. How to be merciful and gracious. How to see others like He does. But most importantly, He prepares me to be ready so He can use me. He prepares me to help the foolish who have missed the sight of Him.

You see, scripture teaches that the foolish virgins just did enough until the bridegroom showed up. Then they needed help from the wise who were prepared for the entire night.

As you start this workday, you need to be prepared like the wise. Do more than just enough – the foolish ones are already doing just enough. You must be ready to help others who do not come prepared for His day. The foolish who have missed the sight of Jesus.

Today at work, be prepared like the wise and open the eyes of those who don’t see Jesus. You are His vessel. You are His oil. You are His lamp. Be prepared like the wise – day and night.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for continually preparing me so I can carry out Your will – today, tomorrow, and regardless of circumstance. Amen.

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

The Christian Public Servant – “keep pressing forward”

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February 15, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

Galatians 6:9 [ESV] And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Reflection

Several months ago, my coworker was terribly disappointed about not getting a promotion. She could not understand how she was passed up. My friend began to question all the things she had done to prove herself worthy of advancement: putting in extra hours, always expressing interest in the projects, offering suggestions and solutions. She worked very hard and showed excellent leadership skills. Despite being very disappointed, she hung in there and, last week, was offered a management position that she gratefully accepted!

Scripture says have faith in God and keep pressing forward! Even when defeat weighs you down, don’t give up. In due season, you will be successful – if you have faith in Him.

When you have a rough day, when failure seems to follow you like a dark cloud, keep your head held high and look forward to tomorrow. Brighter days are coming, He promises, and you must be ready to receive them. Continue doing good and your reward will come. It may not come when you want it, but it will always be right on time!

At work today, give your disappointment to God. Allow Him to move you and guide your steps. Yes, keep pressing forward! And know the season of success is due.

Prayer

My Father, I humbly ask You for patience and understanding during times of confusion. Even in the midst of my doubt, I will remain faithful and know that soon You are bringing me a new season. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

MaLinda Hill
Utility Services Administrator
Water and Gas Administration
City of Vicksburg
Vicksburg, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA