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Session 9

For Your Glory & For Me

Read: Philippians 2:1-11, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Psalm 96, 1 Peter 5:6

We all want to be great, don't we? We want to be recognized. We want to be honored. We want to be praised. We all want glory.

For most of us, our lives are spent trying to achieve or earn glory.

If only I made this much money...

If only I looked more like her...

If only I drove that car...

If only I had his job...

In the world, glory looks like working your way up. But in the Kingdom of God, glory looks like working your way down. Humility is always the way to honor. In the Kingdom, the way up is down. Our glory comes in giving all glory to God.

No one displayed this better than Jesus Christ. He was willing to humble Himself, become a servant, and obey, even to death on the cross. 

The depth to which Jesus lowered Himself is directly proportionate to the height to which God raised Him. The man who hung on the cross is the one who now wears the crown. The man who lay in the tomb is the one now seated on the throne. The man who was despised and rejected is now the one with the name above every name.

Perhaps you feel God has lowered you, or maybe you're realizing that you've been trying to work your way up. Trust that God is going to raise you up at the perfect time to give God glory.

May we give up the need to strive for our glory and rest in the One who died for His glory. For who God is and for what He's done, may we lift our voice in joyful song!

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