Devotion

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19

If God told you before you began your life that you would have the special ability to heal the sick, to know what people were thinking and to influence people like no one else had, what would you say? I’d probably say, sign me up.

But then, what if God told you all this would come with a huge price tag—your life. I might still say yes. I mean, everybody has to die sometime, right?

Then, what if God dropped the biggest bombshell of all and told you that you would give your life in the most painful way possible to benefit the same people who would spit on you as you died.

Would you do it?

Jesus did.

At times, I’m consumed by one question: Why would God leave all of heaven’s glory just to come down here to live and die as a man?

It reminds me of the movie Aladdin (I know I’m dating myself here). But in the movie the genie is subservient to his master and he’s trapped in the lamp. The genie tells Aladdin he has “phenomenal cosmic power, but itty bitty living space.” That’s what God did for us. He took His greatness and wrapped it in this tiny, frail package.

When we come back to the question why, the Bible gives us only one answer—you, and me, and my next door neighbor, and the homeless guy on the street, and the rock star on TV. Our creator came here for us.

How can we feel insecure and unlovable when God demonstrated His love for us so clearly? Even if no one else on Earth shows us love, God already gave his life for us.

Dear Lord, remind us that love is not a feeling, it’s an action. And You coming here was the ultimate act of love for Your children. If You love us so dearly, how can we not love ourselves and others in the same way? Help us to live out Your love. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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