Date: Thursday, January 9
Scripture: Romans 2:1-11
Verse: Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself (Romans 2:1)
Monday night Florida State defeated Auburn in the game for the BCS National Championship in college football. For years crowning a national champion in football has been difficult. Often times the best teams never play one another. There are often conversations about a team with one defeat may be better than an undefeated one, whom people think played inferior teams. Finally, next season we will be able to definitively determine a champion through a playoff system – but I would guess there will still be lots of discussions about who belongs in the playoffs.
It seems human nature to want to categorize things. We want to know where we rank, where we stand in comparison to others. In our academics, jobs, and even our rec leagues, we want to know what place we hold in the rankings.
The same is true when applied to our faith. We want to look at the people around us and find out where we stand. When we compare ourselves to Mother Teresa or Billy Graham, we don’t look so good. But when we choose instead to compare ourselves to that group of sinners very different from us, we feel so much better. This is a dangerous practice whichever comparison we try to make. For this reason Paul warns us against judgment immediately following the list of all the people whom God has given over to their sin at the end of chapter 1 (see yesterday’s devotion for that conversation).
Rather than seeing where we rank as compared to others, we need to simply keep seeking God’s will for our lives, and be the best disciple of Jesus Christ we can be.
Prayer: Oh God, take my eyes off of those around me and fix them on you. Amen.
Action: Take a look at the men’s college basketball rankings. Colorado is in the top 25, as of this writing.
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