Choosing Nobility

Yet I planted you as a choice vine, from the purest stock. How then did you turn degenerate and become a wild vine?
Jeremiah 2:21
Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall one day return. I suppose this implies a rather low version of humanity. But we should also remember that the earth is made of the same elements as the stars. We may be dust, but we are stardust. To be a child of God is to be planted in the finest soil—the firm foundation of the word of God—and to receive the purest rain—the grace of God. When we go astray (or go "wild" as Jeremiah put it), we are going against our nature. We've been given all we need to thrive and be productive. Yet we too often choose to be little more than a weed.

A major part of being a Christian is to remember our own inherent nobility, and then to recognize that we have rejected God's intention for us in order to choose our own path—a path that ultimately leads nowhere. God invites us to turn aside from pointlessness and choose once again to walk in the way that leads to wholeness. This is not a selfish choice, for the wholeness offered is not for us alone, but is a life lived in healthy relationship with the world—and the people—around us.

Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.
 Revelation 2:5
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Forgive me, Lord, for falling short of your intentions for me. Give me strength to turn my life around and follow where you lead.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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