The Christian Public Servant – “who you are, not what you do”

April 29, 2016 – Friday

Reading
1 Samuel 10:27 [KJV] But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.

Reflection
I fully understand how hurt King Saul had to be after those people not only rejected him, but despised him and brought him no presents. He was a true servant. It must have been tempting for him to explode. To get even. To let everyone know how hurt and angry he was.

But he didn’t. He held his peace.

And I sit here on Life Row. I know you may reject who I am because of what I did. And down the row, there’s a brother who despises me not for what I did but for who I am.

Life gets pretty complicated, especially when you’re a servant – a Christian public servant. And I am tempted to get angry at those who reject and despise me.

But I don’t. I hold my peace.

As hard as you try to do good today, you will be rejected. Despised. Questioned. Examined. Someone will even try to take a part of you because you have laid it all out there. No “thank you.” No presents. Just suspicion or, at best, just taking your good efforts for granted.

Today at work, remember who you are, not what you do. You are a Christian public servant. You must hold your peace. Your work is not important – even the work you do in His name is not the thing to remember. No matter what you do and what happens, you must show others Who you serve, Who you’re saved by, and Who you believe in.

Today of all days, just hold your peace. Show others who you are, not what you do.

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Continue to give me Your peace in the face of everything that comes my way today. So I can give my peace, even when people reject and despise me. Let me not forget who I am. I am Yours. Amen.

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

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