Sunday, June 04, 2006

Is HE worth it?

6[Jesus],Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. ~Philippians 2:6-11

2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~Hebrews 12:2-3

9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. ~Hebrews 2:9-10

"Christ reached the goal (our salvation and His exaltation) through suffering. His road to greatness was a rocky one. A painful one. He knew it in advance, and yet He set His face resolutely toward the goal and accomplished it. Simply put, we were worth it to Him.

No matter how resistant we may be to the call, our road to true greatness is also the highway of humility. At times, it, too, will involve suffering, rejection, betrayal, and yes, even death--to self. The question becomes, "Is He worth is to us?" ~Beth Moore, Jesus, The One and Only (emphasis mine)

Is He worth is to me? Am I willing to humble myself, to die to my selfish desires daily--all for the sake of my call? Am I willing to put aside my pride and my self-absorption to take care of my family the way God intends? Can I climb out of the pit of self-pity when things don't go my way?

The highway of humility is painful at times.

A rocky road, indeed, made so by my "self-stuff."

But it is worth it.

However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him"
~Philippians 2:9

3 comments:

jettybetty said...

One of the most fascinating things to me in all of scripture is: "who for the joy set before him endured the cross"--He had joy going to the cross because He could save me! So awesome.

I struggle daily with selfishness thing--I so wish I did not!

Heather Smith said...

Great post! When thinking of what He did for me, it's easy to say, I'm willing to do anything for you. It's when I get my eyes off the cross that I lose focus. I always pray daily that I will keep my focus on Christ and what He did for me on the cross! Great reminder!!

stephanie said...

Thanks for visiting me to day! I've been looking at your site and it's great ... your little boy is ADORABLE!



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