The Christian Public Servant – “left out the spiritual”
June 15, 2016 – Wednesday
John 4:31-34 [NIV] Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”
At one point or another, we’ve all studied Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs. Remember the first level of need: food, drink, shelter, clothing? Those come first because they are the most basic. Without this foundation, there is little to be desired and little to be accomplished.
Maslow was centered on the physical being and left out the spiritual. But for a Christian public servant, the first level of human need is spiritual food. Our foundation is to do the will of God. Now, this is not to say we don’t eat physical food. But our every breath is dependent on doing the will of God.
Have you left out the spiritual at work today? Is your attitude reflective of the work of Christ in your life? Have you been so busy with tasking you forgot to attend to the spiritual needs of yourself and others? At work today, consider Jesus’ example. His is a lofty goal. After all, doing the will of the Father is life and worth more than anything else.
So enjoy a spiritual meal today by doing the will of the Father and see how your spiritual hunger is satisfied.
Father, Your hierarchy of my needs starts with serving Your needs. And at the top is eternal life. Today, let all things I do serve Your needs for that is the basis of my needs. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen
Chaplain Chris Summers
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA