We can always feel good about ourselves by comparing ourselves to someone worse. But God says: "each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else." Galatians 6:4
We can also feel good about ourselves if we judge ourselves according to worldly standards. But Scripture says that's stupid (2 Corinthians 10:12).
God wants us to feel good about ourselves (e.g. 2 Timothy 4:7-8), but He sets the standards.
We won't be judged by worldly success, popularity, intellect, or the ministry of others. God sees us each as individuals and judges our faithfulness according to the abilities and opportunities He specifically gives us (1 Corinthians 4:2-4; Luke 12:35-48).
Let's take time today to examine ourselves and pray that we're being faithful to God's plan for our lives (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Do you feel unsure about God's plans and purposes in your life? Then work through the verses in today's Bite Size Bible Study.
Starting this week, Bite Size Bible Study will change format: Bible studies will be posted every other week instead of every week. And the insights for each study will be published on Monday instead of Saturday. So you'll still receive a post each Monday--one week the study, the next week the insights. And the insights will offer additional verses and resources to give more depth to what you are learning about God's Word. And I will continue to post a Bible Help on the 5th Monday of the month. So you'll still be getting a weekly bite of God's Word.
1. Do you realize God has specifically prepared things for you to do?
If you are unaware of this part of your walk with the Lord, take time to pray about it and ask God to give you wisdom and direction.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
2. These verses tell us how to discern God's plans and purposes:
What are some practical ways you can obey this command?
Romans 12:1-2: Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform 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.
3. An element of renewing our minds:
2 Timothy 2:15: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
To do part 2 of this study and read insights for the questions, check out "Feelin' Good About Our Gifts."
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