Last weekend, Journey Church began the New Year with a unique worship service: Set Apart: From All Else To God For His Glory. The service was stripped down and simple. Pastor Jimmy Carroll gave a Scripture-packed message on what it means to consecrate ourselves as a church and as individuals to the Lord. He taught through the four elements of prayer: Praise, Repent, Ask and Yield (Surrender wholly to God). Throughout the morning, the five-member acoustic team of Josh and Tasha Via, Lisa Masteller, Kody Masteller and Chris Gladden, led in worship both sincere and reflective. What a morning!
Of all the passages Jimmy read that morning, one has stuck fast with me. It really hit home the moment I first heard it and continues to challenge me every time I’ve read it since.
Jeremiah 9.23-24 “This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.”
Boast not in who you are nor what you do nor whatever you have. Boast in the Lord! Boast in knowing Him who is kind, just and righteous. How many times have I so easily slipped in finding confidence and security in my mere earthly situation – all of which is only mine by the grace and generosity of God! The Lord delights in showing kindness. He is the embodiment of justice. He alone is fully righteous. Lord, I’m sorry for all the million times I have rested and bragged in myself. All I have and anything of merit found within me is only from You and You alone. May my boast ever and always be in You.
“…let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know Me, that I am the LORD…”