Devotional

Boasting

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This week I have been pondering 2 Corinthian 10-11. I noticed Paul’s discussion on boasting as a theme throughout these two chapters. Take a minute to read this.

“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. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us, a sphere that also includes you. We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow, our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand, so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory. But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 NIV

Here are some questions to ponder:

  • What thoughts come to your mind?
  • Have you compared yourself to others and used your superiority to boast? How did this make you feel?
  • Is there any boasting in the last week that you know was off?

May each of us glorify Him in our lives and speech.

Maranatha,

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Legacy Thinking

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There is a popular notion that we must give attention to our “legacy” – that is, what we leave behind in this life. This notion means, “I want people to think well of me when I am gone.” Notice, the emphasis is what people think of me, what my reputation is, and what I leave behind that people see or influences how they feel about me.

The issue of legacy, eternal legacy, is not settled in the world’s eyes but rather in Jesus’s. Stewarding one’s life for the glory of God may leave behind a “legacy” that people value in the here and now, but the greater priority is to steward our life so that we are rewarded by Jesus’s words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” The evaluation of a leader in Jesus’s kingdom is different from what the world values. “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). Successful Christian leaders and successful Christians are those who are successful in Jesus’s eyes.

Maranatha,

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7 Checks on my Ministry and Message

I recently had an eye-opening time with the Lord in 1 Thessalonians and observed seven “checks” that can be applied to my own (and others’) message, ministry and leadership.

Take a few minutes to watch this fourth Mentor Moments segment called “Seven Checks on my Ministry and Message.”

The seven checks are listed below, and further discussed in the video. (click below)

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  1. Does the message come from error?
  2. Does the message come from impurity?
  3. Does the message come by way of deceit?
  4. Does the presenter come just to please men?
  5. Does the presenter use flattering speech to manipulate people?
  6. Is some aspect of the ministry motivated by greed?
  7. Is glory (and recognition) being sought from others?

What is the Lord saying to you from these seven checks?

Maranatha,

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Forgiveness

I want to take a few minutes to direct our thoughts to Jesus’ forgiveness.

All of us fall short and have done wrong or shameful things. How do we go forward?

Take a few minutes to watch this third Mentor Moments called “Forgiveness.” (click below)

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Maranatha,

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