Thursday, July 30th, 2015
All Things (Part 13)
Pale In Comparison To Jesus
For it was fitting for Him, for Whom are all things and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings... Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.*
Hebrews 2:10,17 (NKJV)
To remember all things pale in comparison to Jesus is crucial. Our humility, nobility and self-sacrifice are less than His. Our riches, talent, courage, mercy, vision and passion are less than His. Pastors, teachers, speakers and best-selling Christian authors are less than He.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Ponder these essential reminders:
1) Remember His brilliance. The Sun of righteousness with a shining Face and Eyes like a flame of fire, the Bright and Morning Star Who is the Light of the world and shares His radiance with us, cannot be upstaged.* If you try, you will fail.
2) Remember His lifestyle. Jesus was a working Man with modest parents and humble friends. The King of kings lived in simplicity as an Example to His followers. So don't get stuck on stuff. Materialism is a tie that binds you to the world.
3) Remember His Words. 'He who has My Commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him' (John 14:21). To rep Christ, learn His Lines.**
4) Remember His suffering. 'He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him' (Isaiah 53:5). Moving forward in His Great Commission is the least we must do.***
5) Remember His victory. 'Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross' (Colossians 2:15). By reflecting His light, God 'Leads us in triumph in Christ' (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Bottom line: If you don't want to live a pale life, if you want your life to have meaning, if you want to be significant, then give your King the glory He's due. In reflecting Him is true brilliance.
To Be Continued...
* 'So we learn this lesson, the Captain Who comes to make the soldiers like Himself can only accomplish His purpose by becoming like the soldiers. The necessity for our Lord's sufferings is mainly based in the text here upon the simple principle that He Who is to deliver men must be a Man. The Leader must have no exemption from the hardships of the company' (MacLaren's Expositions, Bible Commentary on Hebrews 2:10): http://biblehub.com/commentaries/hebrews/2-10.htm
** 'If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free' (John 8:31-32).
*** 'I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service' (Romans 12:1).
*** Suffering helps perfect us: 'Diamonds are hard pressed. Silver shines from heat. Pearls start as irritation. Babies come through pain. Muscles build in stress. Heroes emerge from disaster. Inventors endure public ridicule. Fame waits beyond failure. Life rises from death' (Previous AMTC devotion: http://amtcdevotions.org/practice-makes-perfect-part-2-was-jesus-perfect).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things series.