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Live Affirmed Not Opposed

Weekly Devotionals

Live Affirmed Not Opposed

Matthew 20:25-28

25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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.

The more you think about it the more it’s so unbelievable, but nonetheless, it is very much still the truth. Jesus, the Lord of all lords and the King of all kings, is a servant. Thus, He uses all His wisdom and ability to serve and not be served, to give and not take. In so doing, that sinners may live and not die.

This is what true godliness is about. This is what true life is all about. The resurrection confirms this.

In the afterglow of our amazing retreat, this is the word that I felt led to remind of us in this devotion. That God wants us to see clearly that the Pharaoh lorded over for his own benefit while Jesus laid His life down for our benefit, and that God opposed the former while affirming the latter.

May we meditate on this reality to really examine our lives so that we may live affirmed and not opposed. Amen.

With Love.

P.S.- Another little reminder of our retreat (The Lion and the Lamb):