Devotions For People Who Don’t Do Devotions – Day 17

Colossians 1:16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. NIV

Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. NIV

Hopefully by now we all realize the critical importance of our attitude as we approach Christ’s throne in prayer. I feel the need, though to talk about it from one more viewpoint. This is because I know how we are. We are taught (especially in contemporary US American culture) that ‘it’s all about me’. We simply don’t like to feel that anyone (including God) is ‘better’ than us, more important than us, or has control over us. We don’t like people who make us feel that way. Either that, or we seem to go to the other extreme, feeling as though everyone is better, prettier, funnier, etc than we are. We aren’t just humble, we’re self-deprecating. This means we always put ourselves down. If someone pays us a compliment, we go out of our way to prove we don’t deserve it.

Healthy humility is somewhere between. We can be humble without having to prove we’re worthless, we can be confident in our gifts, abilities, achievements & status without having to prove we’re the top dog in everything. The good gifts you have are from God – use them wisely & joyfully. Your weaknesses are either something you can improve (with work), or something for which you need to seek help. For example, I can’t draw a picture of a sick man without a ruler. If I need something drawn, I get help from my very talented wife Jill. It’s just the wise thing to do. We need to know who we are.

In relation to God, who we are is not really a very pleasant concept to the American ego. Put simply – we belong to Him. Think about it. First, He created us. If you planted seeds, grew trees, used them to build a house on your own land, who would you consider the owner? Well, God created us out the dust (which He also made). We are His creation. His. But then, what did our great and gracious owner do? He gave us freedom.

Sadly, we used that freedom to do all the things that hurt Him. We sinned – over & over. We sinned so badly that we became slaves to sin and to ourselves (as our own ‘gods’). In so doing, we became separated from Him, with no way to get back home. So what did this rejected Creator do? He came Himself in physical form (Merry Christmas) so that He could pay the price to redeem us! To redeem in this context means to pay the price of a slave (as if in a slave auction), to buy him back. So, He owns us – again! And again, He gives us freedom.

1 Corinthians 15:22-23 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. NIV

Today as you go to prayer, ask the Holy Spirit to help you reconcile in your heart the idea of belonging to someone, as a slave to a master. At the same time – choose (in your freedom) Who your master will be!

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