Wednesday, November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016: Our Humble King

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 328

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from a group singing … Meekness and Majesty … sings of the mysterious mix found in our Lord’s life, … a wondrous mixture of humility and glory.

Highlight Verse[s]: Philippians 2:8 [NKJV] …
8 And [Jesus] being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 
… Jesus was the model of humility; … yet, he became the most famous person in the world. 
Highlight Context: Philippians 2:1-11 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus’ mission in His life had nothing to do with seeking fame and recognition.

Reference Passage #1 … Matthew 9:30-31 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Jesus heals two blind men, telling them not to spread the story; but they did anyway and his fame grew.

Reference Passage #2 … John 6:15 [NKJV] …
15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. 
… Jesus didn’t seek fame, fortune, or power; … only to do the will of His father.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Cindy Kasper, makes a clear point about what most of us covent in life. She wrote: Many of us are obsessed with fame—either with being famous ourselves or with following every detail of famous people’s lives. International book or film tours. Late-night show appearances. Millions of followers on Twitter. 
In a recent study in the US, researchers ranked the names of famous individuals using a specially developed algorithm that scoured the Internet. Jesus topped the list as the most famous person in history. 

Somehow I can sense readers here saying or thinking, “Not me … I don’t want fame and fortune; … I’ve seen what it does to people like Hollywood stars, famous athletes, and politicians!” … Okay, … but then do any of you seek affirmation or recognition from your boss at work or perhaps your parents? Most of us seek the latter and many even would covet the former.

But THE role model for our lives as Christians sought none of the fame and notoriety that he received while our Lord walked the earth (see the reference passages above). No, Jesus humbly sought only to do what His Heavenly Father sent him to do. And the Apostle Paul wrote about that mission in the highlight passage above; and the ODB author today quoted C.S. Lewis who summarized that mission, writing, “The Son of God became man so that men might become sons of God.”

As the song linked today sings that Jesus was wondrously “Meekness and Majesty” … in one glorious personhood; and His life is the model for how we should live to glorify Him.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Help me to live humbly that others would see You in me, Lord, and not me in me. … Amen

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