Thursday, February 21, 2013
Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.
Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Psalm 27; Genesis 13:1-7, 14-18; and Philippians 3:2-12
St. Paul talks about counting everything he had gained before finding Christ as garbage. Most people would look at his life and disagree. He had been educated in the finest Pharisaic school in Jerusalem, a disciple of Gamaliel himself. He had risen to become a very important person among the Pharisees. He had also been educated at the university in Tarsus, which is where he met Luke. He was both a Jew and a Roman citizen. He knew Greek rhetoric and poetry, and also the Hebrew scriptures. He spoke Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Most people would love to have known all that he knew. Most would have loved to have had the skills he possessed. But he says that all of that is nothing, because Jesus is so much more important.
Sometimes we think we’ve arrived because of what we know or what we’ve accomplished. Sometimes we get awfully full of ourselves. God wants us to be humble, though. He wants us to see that success isn’t measured by what we can do, but by how much we allow him to do in and through us.
Pray about this. Ask God to help you see the difference between the things that you’ve tried to do yourself and the things that he’s done in you. Ask him to help you have a humble spirit. Write your own prayer.