We may feel like the wrong people

Date: Monday, February 3

ScriptureRomans 9:1-18

Verse: This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. (Romans 9:8)

I heard a counselor on a talk show say to someone he was working with, “Your opinion of yourself is invalid.” At first I thought this was an incredibly presumptuous statement. How could he know think he knew others better than they knew themselves? He then continued by explaining how we often have a distorted view of ourselves and how we are perceived. Then he pointed out the evidence in the other person’s life, of how they were not the person they thought themselves to be. They were not undeserving of health and success as they thought. Instead, they were already on the road to wellness. In some sense, God says the same thing to us, “Your opinion of yourself – your sense of your worthiness or unworthiness – is invalid.”

In today’s passages, Paul points toward God’s  history of choosing to carry on his blessing in unexpected ways. Abraham’s first son, Ishmael, should have been his rightful heir according to the way things worked then. But God chose Isaac instead. It was Esau who was born just seconds before his twin brother Jacob, yet through a series of events which included deception, the promise is passed to Jacob. Later in the Old Testament Samuel following God’s direction arrives at Jesse’s house to find the next king of Israel. David, the least expected because he is the youngest, is anointed. In the New Testament Jesus chooses his followers from among fishermen and tax collectors, not those with religious training, and Paul is a persecutor of the church before his encounter with the resurrected Christ. God is no respecter of what we think of ourselves. God has his own idea of who we are.

Your opinion of yourself is invalid. No matter what you might think about your worthiness to be called a child of God, you are. God loves and uses whomever he will – even you.

Prayer: Teach me, O God, to see myself as you see me. Amen.

Action: The next time someone in your life gets down on themselves, consider saying, “Your opinion of yourself is invalid.” Then share with them what you see.

Respond: When have you seen gifts in someone they do not see themselves? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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