Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 3/2/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossJer. 9:23-24 This is what the LORD says, “Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches. Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

We do like to gloat, don’t we? Whatever it is that we do well, we want to boast about it. We want others to know that we are worth something. We like to be noticed for what we do well. We like to impress others with what we know. But there is a real problem that we get into when we gloat over our accomplishments. We tend to internalize it to the point where we crave the attention of others. It gets to the point where we must have others notice us and appreciate what we do in order for us to feel good about ourselves. We tend to consider our worth to be what we can do.

God says the wise do not get caught up into boasting about themselves. Instead of turning the spotlight on themselves, the wise turn it on the Lord. They understand that it is God who gives a person the talents and gifts they have. It is God who enables a person to do things well. It is God who orchestrates a person’s life in such a way that talents are nurtured and refined. It is God who provides opportunities to shine and be noticed by others. It is God who deserves the credit, not us.

The wise understand that it is God who deserves the glory and honor that comes from a job well done. It is God who deserves the credit for the work He does in our souls. We owe Him the credit for saving us, keeping us, growing us, and using us. It is the Lord alone who deserves the praise and glory of man. It is God who makes us righteous and gives us a life worth living and dying for.

The wise in heart delights in the Lord, not in what he can do well. He does whatever he does for the honor and glory of God, not himself. He keeps his eyes focused on the Lord, not himself. He continues to do what he does well, but he does it for the Lord and Him alone.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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