May 24, 2016
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 24 May 2016
I want you to know she is alluring and exciting. She can give you an identity, a sense of accomplishment. She can empower you with words of accolades, authority, position, power, praise, prestige, and worth. The mistress just mentioned will even compensate you for surrendering yourself to her. She is certainly good because she is from God, but she can also be incredibly dangerous.
She will applaud and utilize your passion and strengths, sometimes to the point of exhaustion. You can be confident that she will expose your weaknesses. She will invite duplicity, that is, tempting you to behave and talk distinctly when you are with her in public, and an almost entirely different manner in private.
She can become an addiction. She can be one who pursues you with relentless needs, similar to the “strange woman” mistress in Proverbs 5—7. She can truly destroy you, your family, life, marriage, and she can even destroy your present calling.
She is a mistress I know as “Ministry,” and many of those within capitol communities know her as “Public Office.” If we are not careful, this “mistress” can undermine our spiritual vitality (and this mistress is just as easily called a "he," or "master" which is the male equivalent of a mistress).
How can one live his or her life – by God’s grace and for his glory – in the midst of a very subtle trap called Public Office? Without careful scrutiny, Public Office can negatively affect your life. Public Service is fantastic, but it is truly demanding work, and the burdens can be significant.
As opposed to providing a list of do’s and don’ts, I would like to share a few thoughts, which will encourage, exhort, implore, and warn you. A godly life is one in which a Christian walks with the Lord God, and joins Him with what is occurring on planet earth. How do you demand the challenges of living a godly life in the midst of your service?
(1) How is your desire to grow in your faith and in your knowledge of the Scriptures? Can you truly share what the Lord God is accomplishing in your life?
You must cultivate your “first love” for the Lord God. To the Ephesian church (in Rev 2), Jesus said that He knew the believer’s toil and work, yet he had something against them: “they had lost their first love.” He told those believers to repent and do the deeds that they did at first. Proverbs 4:23 exhorts us: “Guard your heart with all diligence, for from it flows the wellsprings of life.”
(2) Make your spouse your life partner. First Peter 3:7 reminds husbands to “dwell with your wife in an understanding way, showing her honor . . . as heirs together . . . that your prayers may not be hindered.” The words are equally applicable to wives toward their husbands.
How do you make your spouse your partner in the ministry of Public Office? (If you have doubts that Public Office is a ministry granted from God, and thus one is accountable to Him as a matter of first priority, please read Romans 13:1-4.) Partners share in profit and losses. Partners seek input, perspective, and wisdom. How do you accomplish that? The answer is a word that we should have learned when we were two years of age: share!
Share what God is accomplishing in your life, what He is teaching you, what is occurring in your public service. Share your appreciation and love for each other. To be partners you must share. Make your marriage and family a priority.
(3) Pray with your spouse every day. Praying together can strengthen your relationship with God as your Lord and Savior, and connect you spiritually to Him and to each other. You have burdens, sometimes beyond description, and thus need your God and your spouse. There is something resolute that occurs when two believers orient their wills toward Almighty God and recognize his presence.
We need the reminder: “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD” (Isa 55:8). Pray with your spouse; put your hands on each other and pray for each other, casting your burdens upon the Lord. Satan, the devil, is too crafty, with too many ways to disrupt us. Pray together every day!
(4) Resolve conflict every day, if possible. Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Forgiveness is to relinquish (surrender) the entitlement to punish another person. Resolving conflict is essential.
Ephesians 6 tells believers that our struggle is “not with flesh and blood,” which means our spouses (and even other people) are not our enemy! Relationships can never develop in the noxious soil of bitterness. Forgiveness is at the foundation of the gospel.
In all matters of action and thought: be strong! In the words of 2 Timothy 2:2, “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Dedicate yourself wholly to the work of God in your life, your spouse’s life, and even those around you.
If the ministry of Capitol Commission can serve you in any manner that would establish and equip you, please do let us know; and, if you have not allowed us to do so, please grant us that wonderful privilege, and we promise our pastoral attention, care, and counsel to you.
Your Capitol Missionary-Pastor,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
P.S.! Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.