The Christian Public Servant – “be in Christ today”

April 22, 2016 – Friday

Reading
John 15:5 [NLT] Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.

Reflection
Last week, I got in a dispute with a brother, and I lost my cool. I decided to walk away and pray about it. God reminded me that, when I lose my cool, there is no way I am in Him. I was just in me – Jimmy – and Jimmy can do nothing. So I continued to pray until I got back in Him.

As I walked through the yard, I had a chance to ask that same brother for forgiveness. And we prayed together – that both he and I remain in Christ. We found a way to end our dispute. I mean, it really did not matter without Christ.

Well, as we walked around the yard, we both were able to mend another dispute between two brothers – a dispute that had gone on for many years! They forgave each other – after a decade – and mended their relationship.

What a spiritual breakthrough! From hating a brother — without Christ — to loving him – in Christ. From us in our own dispute without Him to us in Him helping solve a dispute between two others.

And that is your task, as a Christian public servant. At work today, mend relationships. End disputes. Yes, be in Christ today. The choice is yours. You can be without Him or you can be in Him. One way will bear no fruit. The other way will surely bear much.

So be in Christ today. For you can do nothing without Him.

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for giving me Your grace and mercy, so I can produce the fruit for Your kingdom. Amen.

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

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