Sometimes we look outside ourselves to find our self worth. But the moment we do this we surrender our true value and the purpose God has for our life.

Jeremiah speaks directly to this issue.

Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar?
Did not your father eat and drink
And do justice and righteousness?
Then it was well with him.
— Jeremiah 22:15

So while the king's father was like the people, because he ate and drank as they did, he distinguished himself as king to the extent he delivered righteousness and justice to them. This is how he led his people and earned the title of king.

However, the current king finds his status and self worth by competing for the most beautiful cedar for his palace. Since the people do not have the cedar he has, he believes this distinguishes him as king. Little does he realize that the moment he sought to distinguish himself with his cedar he ceased to lead his people in justice and righteousness and he surrendered his title as king.

Following this to its conclusion it means eventually it will not go well for him. Eventually this path will cause him to lose even the basics of life, food and water.

We then should not compete in cedar lest we lose out title. Rather, we should do justice and righteousness.

Here we will receive a title even more precious than that of "king". We will receive the title — a child of God.

© 2011, VoiceWind. . .Greg Loveless. All rights reserved.

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