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Think So As to Have Sound Judgment

January 5, 2017

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Think So As to Have Sound Judgment

Living in this world  of so many influences,  it’s easy  to be influenced  by this world  without even realizing it.     People all around us,  and the media,  show all sorts of pride  in sports,  areas of success,  riches,  etc.     It appears so good.     People want to be approved of  and looked up to,  so many actually want  to be proud.

But,  there is a difference  between being happy  and content  in the Lord  —  and proudly thinking of oneself as being better than others.     The apostle Paul  instructed the Roman congregation  to live lives  of service  to the Lord  as a way  of honoring and worshiping the Lord.     In that humble mindset,  Paul wanted them  to think clearly  about their earthly lives  and purpose  in this life.     Paul wrote  in Romans 12:3,

I say  to everyone  among you  not to think  more highly  of himself  than he ought  to think;  but to think  so as to have sound judgment,  as God  has allotted  to each  a measure  of faith.

Paul explained that every single one of us  has different gifts  and talents  with which  to serve the Lord,  our Savior.     Everybody needs the gifts  of all the others  to help make our lives better.     Therefore,  no one is better  than anyone else.     We’re all needy sinners.     Paul mentioned gifts of prophecy,  service,  teaching,  exhortation,  giving,  leading,  showing mercy, etc.     There is so much more  than that.     It’s impossible to mention them all,  but we can think  of farmers,  mechanics,  housewives,  electricians,  etc.

We don’t all have  the same function  in life  —  but,  we are  to humbly serve  in the kind  of work  God has placed us.     Whatever our gift  and job,  we are  “not to think  more highly  of himself  than he ought  to think;  but to think  so as  to have sound judgment,  as God has allotted  to each  a measure  of faith.”

Whether we are a CEO,  business owner,  or janitor  we are “to have sound judgment”  serving God  in that service  of serving others.

Thoughtfully  serving God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  help us  to faithfully  serve others.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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