Emulate Greatness: March 22, Thomas Jefferson becomes 1st U.S. Secretary of State

Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God [perhaps the most formidable task of all!]. Just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. (I Corinthians 10:32-33)

Matthew 18:7:

Woe to the world because of offenses! For offences must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!

On this day in 1790 Thomas Jefferson became the 1st U.S. Secretary of State. Those who have studied his life and leadership characterize his style and his communications as, well, diplomatic. In many ways he exemplified the diplomacy advocated in 1 Corinthians 10: 32-33 and in Matthew 18:7.

Of course Thomas Jefferson is not best known as being a cabinet minister, but rather as our third president. The lesson here for us all is that the path to greater service and responsibility is a diplomatic one. An attitude of diplomacy led Thomas Jefferson on to bigger and better things.

How can you heed the biblical call to diplomacy today?

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