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“Although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless” (Philippians 3:4-6).

What good does it do to gain all the credentials which we gain in this world?  What do they accomplish?  Is God impressed?  Is that even what the Lord wants?  How we strive in vain when we do not understand the elemental things.  The Lord is calling us to come with Him so that we may become like Jesus.  Come and become, that is what we are to do.  No one is qualified, but all are welcome. And God helps us in our weakness.

What then shall we say to these things?  Are we to let them go because they are of no importance?  No, we are to live the life given us, but never with an attitude of the pride that has fueled the rebellion against the Lord.  We are whom we are but not whom we are to become.  Do what the Lord gives you to do and be content with the life He has given You.  He who created you knows all that is needed.

Lord Jesus, You did not come to this world and gather around you credentials.  You came humbly.  You who are the One through whom all things have their being did not demand attention.  You humbly served us all.  Help me to live by Your example so that I may be guided by You now and forever.  Help me to not trust in the accolades of men, but in Your salvation alone.  Amen.