Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 3 Scripture Selection: I Chronicles 28-29
Food for Thought: I Chron. 28:2-4
Knowing and stating the position God has placed you in is not the same as being boastful, nor is boldness the same as pride. Similarly, not stating it is not necessarily humility. When you recognize that it was God Who put you there, and not yourself, then you are not taking credit for it, only stating that which the Lord has already established. From that understanding and position, the Lord expects you to proceed. It is necessary to know your position, claim it, and function in it, all the while understanding that your position has everything to do with the Lord, His grace, and His will, and nothing to do with your personal “greatness,” as if you made yourself successful.
Psalm 100:3 says, “Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.” And reminds us in I Corinthians 1:26-28, “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.” This is a very healthy perspective as we go forth in the calling that the Lord has for us.
It is absolutely essential that we understand our position in Christ (Rom. 8:16, 17), and from it, take the the authority that He has given us by His name (Col. 3:17; II Thes. 1:12) with which we are to rule and reign in this life as He intends (Rom. 5:17). Remaining silent or, worse, denying it, would be counterproductive. That is what some do so as to appear humble. Or they spend all their time saying, “I’m not worthy; I’m not worthy.” Well, none of us are, but He chose us, anyway. Now it is up to us to get on with what He has charged us to do, just as King David did. True humility is to lead completely dependent on the guidance of the Lord, as expressed in II Corinthians 3:4-6 : “And we have such trust through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant…”
King David did not deny the obvious calling on his life, and neither should we. We should embrace it, declare it, and take it as far as the Lord would lead, all for His glory. Then the Lord will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant (a serving son or daughter); you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord (Mat. 25:23).”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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