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. Romans 12:3 (NIV)
What do you think about yourself? What kind of question is that? It is a very important question. Why is that an important question? What difference does it make what I think about myself? You are willing to admit that you do think about yourself? Yes, of course I think about myself. How much do you think about yourself? I’m sure that I think about myself far too often. Why is that? I think about myself all the time. What kind of thoughts do you think about yourself? I ask myself a lot of questions. Like what? I ask myself if I’m having fun. I ask myself if I am enjoying life. I ask myself if I am happy with all the decisions that I have made. I wonder if I will have any regrets. Do you have any regrets? I have a lot of regrets. Why is that? I have made a lot of dumb mistakes. I have wasted a lot of time. I have gone where I shouldn’t have gone. I have said what I shouldn’t have said. I have done what I shouldn’t have done. What do you think about yourself and all the mistakes that you have made? Sometimes, I think of myself as an idiot and a loser. Sometimes, I wallow in my past mistakes and become quite depressed about them. Do you think that I think you are a loser? Do you think that I wallow in your past mistakes and become quite depressed about them? Those are very interesting questions. Why is that? I’m asking myself why I would allow myself to think thoughts about myself that you certainly don’t think about me. That is a very good question to ask yourself. Now, you are beginning to see how important it is to consider what you are thinking about yourself. Yes, I am.
What do you think I would like you to do with your thoughts about yourself? I think you want me to let you guide the thoughts I think about myself. You don’t want me to think too highly of myself. You want me to have a humble heart and mind and life. You want me to know that everything that I am and hope to be has and will come to me as a gift from you. That’s right. You don’t want me to think too lowly of myself. You want me to know that I am special. I am your child. You are working in and through my life. The past is gone. You have redeemed and renewed my life. I no longer need to live under any condemnation. I have been forgiven of all my sins and cleansed of all my unrighteousness. That’s right. You have given me a new life to live in you. I am your workmanship. I am your masterpiece. You will accomplish your purposes and plans in my life. You will help me to know and do your will. Yes, I will. These are the thoughts that I want you to think about yourself. Hold on to these thoughts as you love, follow and serve me. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I give thanks and praise to you because all I am, have done, will do and hope to be has come to me as a gift from you. You have made me who I am. You are molding and shaping my life so that I will be able to do all that you will give me to do for you. Amen
For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:
Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.
By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved Copying not permitted www.GrowingAsDisciples.com