Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Our Salvation Exalts the Glory of God over the Worth of Human Beings

I suppose it's natural for Christians to think, "God went to such great lengths to save us in Jesus Christ, we must be worth a whole lot to him." And certainly God has assigned a measure of worth to all things including human beings. Certainly he would not humble himself and take on flesh and live a righteous life in the midst of an evil world and willingly subject himself to death by crucifixion and cause himself to be raised from the dead for beings he thought to be worthless.

However, when the Bible prophesies about our salvation or tells the story of our salvation or reflects on the salvation Christ has purchased with his blood, it does not focus on our worth but God's glory. Ponder, for example, Zechariah 9:16-17 and ask the Lord to help you orient your mind and heart around his glory rather than your worth. Paradoxically, our joy increases--greatly increases--when we take our eyes off of ourselves and fix them on the Author and Perfector of our faith.

"On that day the Lord God will save them,
as the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.
FOR how great is HIS goodness,
and how great HIS beauty.
Grain shall make the young men flourish,
and new wine the young women.

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