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Greater Glory

Weekly Devotionals

Greater Glory

Philippians 2:5-11

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Generally speaking, the greatest stories we read — the ones that move our hearts, inspire us, wet our eyes, and cause us to want to be our best — all of them seem to involve sacrifice. Whether it’s the giving up of one’s life or something precious and valuable to them for the sake of another. The greatest of these stories revolve around our Lord Jesus. Never has anyone given up so much for the sake of love.

I was thinking today…what if Adam and Eve never sinned? What if sin, death and decay were never introduced to our world? More than the question of, “What would our world be like?” I was wondering, at what level would we understand God’s glory to be like? In other words, in a perfect world without sin, God would be beautiful and glorious as He is now. But because Jesus, the Son of God, sacrificed everything by leaving His throne and becoming a man (starting off as a baby) and by eventually giving up His life on the cross — because of this, our hearts attribute to Him GREATER glory. The fact that Almighty, self-sufficient God humbled and sacrificed Himself is utterly astounding. But had He never done this, I don’t know if we would be able to attribute to Him this greater glory. We would “merely” glorify Him for His beauty and power. It is ironic that something so ugly as our sin and so treacherous as death draws out the greater glory of the sacrificial, loving character of our God.

So, as much as I hate sin and death and all of it’s effects in the world, I’m thankful that it allows us to see and experience more of who God is in ways that are so real and deeply personal — personal not in terms of individual, but personal in terms of relational. Truly, there is no one like our God! Merry Christmas!