After I graduated from high school, I moved into a different city for my studies. In the second year, my instructor asked me what my vision was for our local community. With pride, I shared my dream of changing that community. I did not appreciate their current circumstances or the work that many people had been doing there before I was even born. I realized that I was struggling with my own messiah complex and did not see my role as a continuation of God’s work in my communities.
God told the Israelites to remember that he had taken them out of Egypt and out of the wilderness. “You shall have no other gods before me” (v. 3)—including your ego.
God is at work in our families and communities, and we are called to partner with him wherever he places us.
God, open our eyes to see your wonders and cause us to build on your legacy for the sake of advancing your kingdom. AMEN.