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The Best That We Have

Read 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 - on boasting

When someone boats about himself and how well he has done, it doesn't count for much. But when the Lord commends him, that's different! 2 Corinthians 10:18 (TLB)

Then the cloud covered the Tabernacle and the glory of the Lord filled it. Exodus 40:34 (TLB)

Ester MacDonald lives in Quebec, Canada. She tends to fall into the trap of comparing herself with others quite easily. Usually she's comparing her spirituality or level of ministry involvement to that of others. The other day on social media, Ester came across a photograph that corrected her perspective. The picture was of a breakfast-in-bed tray that a three-year-old daughter had prepared for her mother. It contained two slices of unbuttered raisin bread and a beautiful mug filled with cold water. Not very appetizing, to say the least! But the little fingers gripping the sides of the tray were enough to melt any heart.

Exodus 40 describes the building of the tabernacle by the Israelites in the wilderness and the glory of the Lord descending on it. The contrast between this structure and the temple built later by Solomon is striking ( 1 Kings 6-8). The first was humble compared to the second, but God did not consider it too lowly to inhabit. He came to it in his full glory. Why? Because it was made from the best the people had at that time.

God doesn't need the finest gifts the world has to offer. God wants us to offer the best that we have. If that's what we're giving to God, then God is indeed pleased.

Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive us when we compare ourselves to others. Help us keep our eyes focused on you and to use the gifts you've given us for your glory, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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