Devotion Index

Romans 12:1-8

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3 (NIV)

I never did like myself. I wasn't pretty like Mary, slender like Diane, or athletic like Connie. I couldn't sing like Helen or play the flute like Rebecca, and I wasn't smart like Melissa. In my opinion, I just wasn't worth anything.

As I got older, the problem got worse, and the trials of raising children didn't help. My children weren't smart like Jenny's or well behaved like Valerie's. I just wasn't a good mother either.

One day as I was reading James, I came across the words, "Every good and perfect gift is from above" (1:17). God impressed on me that I was a gift! If I was a gift from God, I must be "perfect", complete, the way God intended me to be. I was shocked at that realization. I had always considered myself a mistake, not a gift. But if God created me, and this is how God created me, then I must be what God wants in this place , in this time. I must be what God needs to do his work now.

PRAYER: God, thank you for creating me just the way I am. Help me to accept myself as you created me, and show me how I can best serve you; in Jesus' name. Amen

by KDW
Published in Secret Place
Fall Issue, 1996

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Romans 12:1-8
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.

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. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.