April 21, 2016 – Thursday
Hebrews 12:14 [NIV] Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
I once worked in an office where doing cruel things was the sport-of-preference. Back-stabbing. Landmines. Retaliation. Nuclear war. Both coworkers and supervisors seemed to go out of their way to be mean – really mean. It got to the point where, more days than not, I hated going to work.
Then I remembered that Christ calls me to find ways to work peacefully with everyone – even those who are angry.
Oh, that’s not an easy commandment, I know, especially in a snake pit. But snake pit or not, we see angry people throughout the workday – fallen individuals who have given up. Yet you and I are also fallen individuals – the only difference is, we know Christ and so we have not given up. But we are equally in need of God’s saving grace.
So at work today, regardless how mean people get, find ways to work peacefully. It won’t be easy to change the rules of engagement. It may not be easy to be the example of holiness. But without holiness, you will not see the Lord. Neither will they.
Yes, today find ways to work peacefully. Be holy. Let all see the Lord!
Lord, thank You for Your saving grace. Help me be at peace with those around me so they can see You in the way I live my life for You. So I may also see You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Gilbert O. Craven
Robertson School of Government
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA