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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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.” (Jeremiah 9:22-24)

...EXCUSE ARROGANCE

God has chosen us, but that doesn’t mean that we should walk around with a sense of entitlement.

I am, therefore give me. Sometimes we sound like spoiled kids rather than favored, patient, anointed children of God? We boast, “I am God’s child, therefore give me wealth.” “I am chosen, therefore give me the greatest seat in the house.” “I am saved, therefore give me no pain.” Just because God set us apart and chose us as His own, we don’t have the right to be conceited and treat God like He owes us something.

Chosenness doesn’t excuse arrogance.

The truth is we’re not immune from the things that happen in the world like pain, death, loss of income or respect, however exhibiting humility helps us to rise above those circumstances by giving glory to God in the midst of them.

The scriptures say that we are to humble ourselves so that He may exalt us, not to be arrogant about our position in Christ making others feel less than because they’re not in Him. Christ, heroically, did the work for all of us by taking our place on the cross; therefore we must not wave our chosenness in the faces of others as if we achieved it ourselves. Because. We. Didn't.

It’s one thing to know that we’re chosen and to believe that we’re His, but our place in Christ shouldn’t cause us to boast about it. Paul said if “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness” (2 Corinthians 11:30). Do we boast of our weaknesses or act as if we are above others as if we have no sin that we've ever struggled with?

Arrogance believes we’re better than others; humility esteems others better than ourselves. Arrogance trusts in our own wisdom; humility knows our wisdom comes through the Spirit. Arrogance lives with a false sense of entitlement; humility just thanks God that we were even chosen in the first place!

Chosenness doesn’t mean getting what we want, when we want, like a spoiled child, it means delighting in the Lord who gives us what He knows is best, right on time.


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