The Christian Public Servant – “even when it causes division”

October 11, 2016 – Tuesday

Reading
Luke 12:51 [NIV] Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.

Reflection
We’ve all heard the phrase, “that’s not Christian.” But what is Christian – especially when it comes to making management decisions, setting agency policies, or finding workplace solutions?

Are we to act like others? You know, make decisions with passivity and tolerance just to avoid discontent. Are we to embrace all ideas and actions – just for the sake of peace?

If I am obedient to Christ, biblically-based workplace decisions may well cause some division. Keep in mind, Christ said He did not come to bring peace, but division. So as a Christian public servant, I should expect others may react negatively when I apply lessons taught in the Bible. Yes, some will want to define what is Christian in ways that render a temporary peace that restricts the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, some might accuse me of not being Christian when I do otherwise.

So at work today, your task is to remain obedient in Christ – knowing in Him, all things work together for His glory – even when it causes division. Your task is to strive for a consistent faith that demonstrates Jesus is Lord of your life.

It’s difficult to do, I know, especially in the workplace. But in all matters, remain obedient to Him. Show what is Christianeven when it causes division.

Prayer
Lord, prepare me for the divisions caused by showing and applying Your word at work and throughout my day. Help me be obedient to You. I know that true peace will come only when You return to take ownership of Your kingdom here on earth. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Stan Best
Training Manager, Apprentice School
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, Virginia USA
and Masters of Theology Candidate
St. Leo University
Chesapeake, Virginia USA

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