Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Open Road ... Narrow Path - THE PASS

This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24.

I get passed a lot. Attribute it to my weak quad muscles or lack of ambition but, rarely do I overtake another rider on the road. I avoid riding on weekends to keep myriads of bikers from reveling in passing me. Why should I have concern for other riders passing me? It should be a time to cordially greet a fellow rider, right? Well, if you are like me, I compare myself to their strength and drive. My fear of not measuring up causes me to anguish and avoid my road bike on busy days.

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12

I think a person who uses my weaknesses to inflate their status is also not wise. Have you caught yourself doing this? I am guilty. I am learning to keep a proper perspective on what I am to brag in (2 Corinthians -18).

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3

As I delight in the work God is giving me to do, I do not boast in this but in my ever increasing understanding of God and in knowing Him for myself. So, what does it mean to have sober judgment:
·      Celebrate our unique story and the way God uses it to bring glory to Him. When we compare ourselves to others we loose sight of the special “gifting” we have been given by the Spirit.
·      Live in freedom unconcerned for why we don’t fit in or measure up. When we struggle with comparison, we are usually comparing our weaknesses to the strengths of another. Furthermore, we erroneously suppose others feel the same way we think about ourselves.
·      Know who you are, whose you are and what you have been promised. It is then you will know love, faith and hope in the fullness our Lord intended.

Fear leads to unbelief. And without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

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