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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, March 30, 2015
God’s character goes into the creation of every person. When you feel worthless or even begin to hate yourself, remember that God’s Spirit is ready and willing to work within you. We should have as much respect for ourselves as our Maker has for us.
Healthy self-esteem is important because some of us think too little of ourselves; on the other hand, some of us overestimate ourselves. The key to an honest and accurate self-evaluation is knowing the basis of our self-worth—our identity in Christ. Apart from him, we aren’t capable of very much by eternal standards; in him, we are valuable and capable of worthy service. Evaluating yourself by the worldly standards of success and achievement can cause you to think too much about your worth in the eyes of others and thus miss your true value in God’s eyes.
God’s gifts differ in nature, power, and effectiveness according to his wisdom and graciousness, not according to our faith. God will give spiritual power necessary and appropriate to carry out each responsibility. We cannot, by our own effort or willpower, drum up more ability and thus be more effective teachers or servants. These are God’s gifts to his church, and he gives faith and power as he wills. Our role is to be faithful and to seek ways to serve others with what Christ has given us. (NLT)
Psalm 139:13-16 – You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Romans 12:3-8 – As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has a different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
I would like to share a portion of the story by Roger Wayne Hicks (Arizona):
“. . . ‘How often do I attempt to be, or wish to be, something or somebody I am not?’ . . . That is not the way my Creator put me together. . . In divine wisdom and grace, God made us each different.
“Realizing that God has created each of us as unique individuals, we can confidently live as the people God created us to be. This means we can celebrate our personal uniqueness and search for special ways that we may effectively share that uniqueness with family, community, and church. Such celebrating and sharing can be a tangible way for us to praise and thank God for creating us the way we are.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Our uniqueness is a living example of God’s boundless grace.
Prayer: Marvelous Creator, help us to celebrate our uniqueness and to use it to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE SEEKING A WAY TO SERVE
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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CARELESS, CARELESSNESS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/careless-carelessness/
UNITY, UNIFY, UNITED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/unity-unify-united/
DIFFERENCES, DIFFERENCE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/differences-difference/
BEAUTY, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFY: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/beauty-beautiful-beautify/
DOUBT, DOUBTS: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/doubt-doubts/
DESIRES, DESIRE, DESIRED: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/desires-desire-desired/
EXCUSES, EXCUSE: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/excuses-excuse/
ABILITY, ABILITIES: https://helpfulinspirationalblog.wordpress.com/ability-abilities/
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