Winner of An Untroubled Heart! Drum Roll Please……
Congratulations, Anna! And thank YOU for sharing your fears with me. I read each one prayerfully and trust the Lord to meet your needs. Stay tunned! More giveaways this month!!
And Now… A thought to ponder
The Christian life is about being other focused instead of self-focused. It’s about living to brag on Jesus instead of ourselves. This must have been what Jeremiah meant when he wrote,
“This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord” (Jere 9:23-24).
When you think about it there is far more about Jesus to brag on than ourselves. In Him, we have forgiveness of sin, a changed life, and forgiveness.
It’s in Him that we live and experience hope and healing. In Christ grace abounds. He is our Peace. He is the beginning and end. The everlasting King. He is all and in all and holds all things together. Nothing compares to His greatness.
So why am I so focused on me? Why do I want the credit? Why do I need the applause? Why is it important that someone notices my good deeds and boast about our accomplishments? The truth is without Jesus I can do nothing. It’s only because of Jesus and His grace that I accomplish anything. Apart from Him anything I do is insignificant.
Don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying we can’t celebrate our achievements. I’m saying if we ever want to experience Jesus the way we long to, we have to get beyond ourselves so that we can get all the way to Him. When we lose ourselves, we gain the abundant goodness of Christ Himself.