The Christian Public Servant – “it’s the how that counts”

May 5, 2017 – Friday

Reading
Colossians 3:10 [MSG] You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it.

Reflection
How do you dress? Notice, I asked how you dress – not what you wear.

Where I am, brothers wear nothing but white clothes. So the what does not matter, it’s the how that counts. Some brothers wear their whites almost as rags. They cut the legs off to make shorts when it’s hot. They don’t tuck their shirts in, and cut off the sleeve’s when it gets really hot. They do not bother to press their clothes, laying them under their mattresses, and they wear the same filthy pants and shirt for way too long.

Other brothers press their clothes. They change them each day. They glorify God in how they wear their whites. And other brothers notice, too.

I am not perfect. There are days when I don’t care how I look. Something going on in my mind that lets me dress like me and not like the Christ in me. So I am glad I surround myself with brothers who do glorify God in every way – including how they dress. And they let me know when I am wearing rags.

A lot of times, you might not care how you dress. Oh, you have the right work clothes on, but it’s the how that counts. It shows either respect or disrespect for God.

Even though you work in the free-word, and this is probably “casual Friday,” remember that the Lord has given you a new wardrobe. Custom made by Him. With His label on it!

It really does not matter what you wear today. But dress to show Jesus your old nature has died. Dress to show others that you are living your new nature in Christ. Remember, brother and sister, it’s the how that counts. Whatever you wear, wear it to glorify God!

Prayer
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for dressing me every day. Thank You for having faith in me even when I lose focus and forget my new wardrobe. Amen.

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

Jimmy Davis, Jr.

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