Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

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,  24 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.

1 John 2:17 (KJV)

The world and its cravings are passing away, but the person who does the will of God remains forever.

DEVOTION – Karenn Voorhees (Kansas)

The Lord has blessed me, enabling me to be a wife, a mom, and a grandmother.  However, I have struggled from time to time with low self-esteem.  Because I do not have a college education or a career outside my home, sometimes I see myself as not having anything to offer the world.  Other people have so much more to offer, it seems.

Recently, as I read Jeremiah 9:23-24, I experienced an epiphany; I grasped a new perspective on how we should evaluate ourselves.  God said we are not to boast in the wisdom we possess, the strength we have, or the riches we’ve accumulated.  Our education and whatever career or job we have are included as part of our wisdom and possessions.  Just as we are not to boast, we also are not to be ashamed for our lack of a college education or a high-status job or career.  If our value to the body of Christ could be measured, it should be measured according to our service to others.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Each one of us is valuable to the body of Christ.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, you came and served the world.  Help us to see the ways we can follow your example in serving others.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Homemakers