but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.
As I sat in church, I felt like I was just going through the motions. I’d had a lot on my mind lately and it was hard to focus on the reason I was in church, to begin with. Then, God spoke to my heart and gently reminded me why I was there.
Jesus. He is the reason. He is the One who gave His life for me. And He deserves my awe!
There is no one else like Jesus. He alone is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Name Above All Names. He is the only One worthy of His title. The Father has exalted Him above all else, and I must do the same!There is no one else like Jesus. He alone is the Son of God, the Savior of the world, and the Name Above All Names.Click To Tweet
Sometimes it’s easy to forget and get caught up in the mundane things in life and lose focus. So, today I ask myself, has Jesus become commonplace in my life? Am I giving credit where credit is due? Do I live my life in a way that brings glory to Him? Am I in awe of the One who died to save me?
Jesus understood what He was facing when He came to earth. He knew He would be separated from the Father as He never had been before. And He realized that a brutal death reserved only for the worst of criminals awaited Him.
It’s true, Jesus could have saved Himself from such a painful death. If He had simply said, I’m not the Son of God, I’m just the son of a carpenter they would have let Him go. Likewise, He was capable of calling upon all of the angels in heaven to come down and defend Him. With their power and might the earth would have easily been destroyed.
But Jesus didn’t do either of those things. Instead, He did as the Father asked, left behind the glory of heaven, humbled Himself and became a servant. He did it for you and for me, so we could live with Him forever. Because of His great love for us, He gave Himself! And for that sacrifice, God has exalted Him and given Him the name which is above all names. He alone is worthy of our praise!
Today, my prayer is that you will know the love of Jesus. May His peace and glory fill your heart and mind as you focus completely on Him.
Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not, I ask you to please read the Accepting Jesus page. Many of the answers to your questions can be found there.
Together let’s celebrate Jesus, Name Above All Names!
Please leave a comment below and share the great things Jesus has done in your life.
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Such truth in your post, cares of the world, lust for other things, how easily it sneaks in on us. I love the artwork. Happy Thanksgiving.
Thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
A few years ago, I was sitting in Monday night Bible study and a young woman there shared something that totally changed my life. She quoted a saying you may have heard before, “What if tomorrow, you only had the things that you thanked God for today?” I thought about this for several days afterward and decided that I needed to start thanking God for what I have today. It’s easy for me to dream about tomorrow or get caught up in all of the things that I wish I had. But God is good to me right now and I need to show Him my gratitude for all that He does in my life today.
A little bit of thankfulness goes a long way. Imagine if you did everything for someone and they never once said thank you to you. It wouldn’t make for a long lasting relationship. Over time you would lose interest in helping them and then distance yourself from them too. Thankfully God isn’t like this. No matter how we act He always loves us and promises to care for our needs. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t say thank you to Him.
So, I begin thanking God each night for the things He has given me today that I can’t live without tomorrow. Here’s a list of some of them.
Where would I be if I didn’t have salvation in Jesus Christ? I would be lost and condemned. Salvation is definitely the top priority on my list of things I can’t live without and the one thing that I am most grateful for.
#2 My family
Every day I pray that God will take care of my family, and I’m sure that you do the same for yours too. I mention them each by name and ask God to take care of their individual needs. But I have also started saying thank you to God for them as well. This has made a big difference in my relationship with my family. I see them in a different light now because I recognize how thankful I am for each of them and the unique qualities they bring to my life.
#3 My home, food, car, clothes, etc.
Food, shelter and water, these are the basic necessities of life and I certainly don’t want to live without any of them, especially food. Nobody wants to go hungry. God has always been faithful to provide for me and my family. We may not always have everything that we want, but we always have what we need.
#4 My Country
What a privilege it is to live in a country where I am free to worship God! I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in a nation where I can express my views and practice my religion without fear.
#5 Answered Prayers
Like everyone I ask God to do certain things for me and then when He does them I conveniently forget that He has just answered my prayer. So, I have started to put into practice thanking Him in the moment for that answered prayer. But I also want to remember, during my nightly prayers, to say thank you again because I am truly grateful that He has heard me and cared enough to answer.
There are usually a few other things that happen throughout the day that I say thank you for but this list represents the things that I don’t want to live without the next day.
Saying thank you to God has had a huge impact on my life and my relationship with Him. I feel different, better in so many ways. The depression that I sometimes feel is diminished and I feel closer to God. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I choose to focus on what God has blessed me with already. That gratitude has changed my way of thinking and my outlook on life. God is good. Always good.
I hope that this will help you in some small way as you grow your relationship with Christ. My prayer for you today is that you will see all of the wonderful things God is doing in your life right now, give thanks to Him and be blessed by that thankfulness.
May God bless you greatly this Thanksgiving!
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You are the light of the world. A city on the hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
About a month ago, there was a commercial on TV for Bring Your Bible to School Day. It showed a group of teenagers wearing a basket on their heads as they went about their day. It was funny and a little bit silly too, but it conveyed the message clearly that our light cannot shine when it is hidden under a bushel.
Sometimes we find ourselves figuratively wearing a basket over our heads. Maybe we’re afraid of what people will think of us if we share our faith with them. Or we mistakenly assume that everyone has already heard the good news of Jesus. Satan would like for us to believe these lies and keep our faith to ourselves.
But Jesus has called Christians to be the light of world and to put our light up on a lampstand for everyone to see. It is our job to reflect the glowing light of Jesus and to be bold enough to take the basket off of our heads and let our light shine bright. When we do, these three things will happen…Jesus has called Christians to be the light of world and to put our light up on a lampstand for everyone to see.Click To Tweet
#1 Opportunities to share our faith will open up.
How can someone ask us about our faith if they don’t know we have it to begin with? When people see us, they can tell that there is something different about our lives. And they want to know what that difference is. With each person we meet and with every question they ask, God opens up a new opportunity for us to share our faith. A seemingly chance encounter in the grocery store checkout line, or a random meeting at the DMV just might be the perfect time for us to share our faith with someone who needs the light of Christ in their lives. My pastor likes to call these “chance” encounters divine appointments. God loves to give them to us, especially when we least expect them. So, let’s be on the lookout for our next divine appointment and take every opportunity God gives us to let our light so shine before men.
#2 We will show the path to Jesus.
A lighthouse points the way to safety. It stands tall and shines brightly to keep a ship from crashing into the shore. And just like a lighthouse, we point the way to safety. Our light stands tall above the darkness of this world and shows the path to Jesus. It is a shining beacon of hope that keeps the unsaved of the world from crashing and burning into the despair of Satan’s lies and guides them into the loving arms of the Savior.
#3 We give God the glory!
Most importantly our light gives God the glory for what He has done, for us and for everyone else. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and be raised again to save us! And our lives have forever been changed because of it. We no longer have to live in guilt and shame because we have been forgiven. By letting our light shine, we are showing the world what Jesus has done for us and for them. And we give God the glory that rightfully belongs to Him.We point the way to Jesus by reflecting His radiant light for everyone to see.Click To Tweet
Christians are the light of the world! The city on the hill and a shining beacon of hope. We point the way to Jesus by reflecting His radiant light for everyone to see. His light cannot be overshadowed or hidden from view. So, today I pray that we will be the light of the world and give glory to God for what He has done. May God bless you!
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I definitely believe in divine encounters! It has happened to me numerous times.
May the Lord daily give us courage to let our light shine in the dark world around us instead of our trying to hide it under a bushel.
Thanks for this great reminder!
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Hi Ruth! Thank you for your encouraging words. I’m saying a prayer for you today. May God bless you and give us all the courage to be the light of the world!
so true – how can someone ask me if they don’t know i am a woman of faith? super reminder and praying today I’ll shine and that someone will ask. Light to shine. Invited to invite.
Thanks Sue, Praying for you today that your light will shine bright. God bless!
Connie, I love your ministry! Very original!
You wrote, “Sometimes we find ourselves figuratively wearing a basket over our heads.”
Yep. I can definitely relate to this. It’s a shame, but it’s true.
I believe in divine encounters, and I truly try to view every “chance encounter” as a divine encounter. We never know how we may impact another in our day to day life!
Hi Rachel, Thank you for your kind words. They have uplifted me and encouraged my heart today! I’m saying a prayer for you, that you will also be encouraged.