The Christian Public Servant – “the door to one of the vending machines”

Jimmy Davis, Jr.

March 10, 2017 – Friday

Reading
Ephesians 4:27 [KJV] Neither give place to the devil.

Reflection
I had an awesome visit with my Christian brother a few weeks ago, and something happened that reminded me of today’s verse. As we sat at a table in the visitation yard, enjoying a talk, the door to one of the vending machines suddenly opened. And no correctional officer saw what had happened. I looked at my brother and said, “the devil is funny.”

You see, too many times we don’t act, love, respond, or forgive like a child of God. We give place to the enemy, which leads to pain – not only in our life, but in the lives of others.

I could have given place to the devil when the door to one of the vending machines opened. I could have stolen a candy bar, or ten candy bars, and it would not have been the end of the world. I mean, given I am on death row, there are other crimes just a little more serious – don’t you think? But taking something for free – stealing something that does not belong to me – would have invited the devil to take place in my life. And it would have meant having my brother also give place to the evil one.

You may not be tempted to steal something when the door to one of the vending machines opens in your break room. Then again, you just might be tempted – especially if no one else is watching. Or, your “vending machine” might be office supplies or something left on the counter.

Today at work, live like a child of the God who created you in His image. Don’t give place to the devil – even when the door to one of the vending machines suddenly opens! The devil is funny.

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for creating me to be Your child so that I will never give place to the devil. Amen.

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

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