Sunday, September 28, 2008

What would you give up for Him?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Greetings to you on this gray Sabbath- I pray that the light and joy of fellowship and corporate worship would brighten this cloudy day for you! Pastor Jeff will be moving on to the next part of the Apostle's Creed today- "and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord"- so let us worship Jesus today!

"Grace, mercy and peace will be you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love." 2 John 1:3

"The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from old; You are from everlasting." -Psalm 93:1-2

As we focus our attention on the Son of God it is important for us to be reminded of His origin: His throne was established from old, He is everlasting. He is God. Now- I don't know whether those verses in Psalms were written prophetically about Jesus, some Psalms are- but I don't think this one was. But it speaks about God- and Jesus is God- so we can draw some conclusions that are still true. The opening verse in the Gospel of John will back up my thoughts:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." -John 1:1-3

"The Word" John was speaking of was Jesus. So Jesus was with God in the beginning and He was God. It also says that all things were made through Him- so Jesus had a main role in creation! Wow. Now shift gears here and picture this powerful, majestic, Son of God... leaving His throne and coming down into a woman's womb- being birthed in a stable full of smelly animals- being a helpless baby dependent on His mother for nourishment, care, and protection- learning to crawl on dirt floors- whoa. Do you get the drastic demotion here? He became nothing for you. He created the world- and then had to enter it just like you and I. That blows my mind! How grateful I am that Jesus didn't have an ego like I do! I don't know that I would stoop as low as Jesus did to become human. But because of His great love for you- He came.

Jesus gave up everything He knew, His glory and His throne, His power and His majesty- out of love for you. Soak up the immensity of that love. Consider what you would be willing to give up out of love for Him. Your time? Your job? 10% of your income? Your home? Your comfort? What is your response to this great love God has shown you in Jesus Christ?

Let us take our challenge today from Philippians 2 (I am using the New Contemporary Version for this challenge): "In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Christ Himself was like God in everything. But He did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for His own benefit. But He gave up His place with God and made Himself nothing. He was born to be a man and became like a servant. And when He was living as a man, He humbled Himself and was fully obedient to God, even when that caused His death- death on a cross." -Philippians 2:5-8 NCV

He is not calling you to die for Him today- but perhaps He is calling you to give something up for Him? Will you surrender that out of love for Him? Will you be obedient? This is our spiritual act of worship today!

Praying that you would know the joy of full surrender today,

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