Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 1:1-10
Morning Psalms: Psalms 24, 29
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 3:11-23
Gospel: Mark 3:31-4:9
Evening Psalms: Psalms 8, 84

DEVOTIONAL


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart.”
(Jeremiah 1:5a)

Wow, how striking these few words are! As the 5th of 6 kids, I often thought I was at the bottom of the sibling totem pole. Isn’t it funny, and even a bit sad, how kids see themselves and interpret their importance in the family? Luckily I’ve grown up.

“Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will
is my brother and sister and mother.”
(Mark 3:34-35)

Now, when I think of my greater family, God’s family, I don’t put myself at the bottom of the totem pole. I see the totem pole as horizontal, and we all have the same “rank”. I see all my church friends and their individual gifts, what each brings to the table. I admire those who have gifts that I do not, and I try to be aware and appreciate those who might prefer to share their gifts in secret - those who would rather go unnoticed than receive praise. But we know praise is nice to receive, and when I start to feel, “Hey, didn’t anyone notice?”, I only have to remind myself that God knows, and who else would I rather please?

Because He knew me before he formed me. He knew me, who I would be, with all my faults and foibles, and He formed me anyway. He formed me as He formed His beloved Son, our Savior. Wow!
 
LML


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