And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him. Colossians 1:15-19
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippines 3:7-9
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
If we had been in charge of making the arrangements for the birth of Christ, we would have made very different arrangements. We would not have chosen such “lowly” conditions. One of the things we would probably have wanted to do would have been to make Christ’s birth widely known. It is amazing how few there were that really knew and that is part of the reason for the “lowly” birth. But it also had to do with the kind of people who knew. For the most part God reveals Himself and what He is doing to those who are humble and have open hearts. Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds are not a random cast of characters. These are ones who were receptive and then responsive to God and the amazing event of the birth of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. They were “lowly” themselves, having little of the world’s resources – they had little to get in the way of them participating fully in the most amazing event in all of history – God giving the world His only begotten Son. As a result there was little to get in the way of the baby being the centerpiece of this historic occasion.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, deliver me from the curse of earthy things that appeal to my eye and capture my heart. There is so much that interferes with and even keeps me from you. I, too, count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing you so that I may gain you and your righteousness in a fuller way than ever before. Lord, I love you, worship you, and yield to you. Amen!
Posted on Tue, December 5, 2017
by Ken Hart