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Listen while you read: "To God Be The Glory"1 (Lyrics)

When I was young, there were many heroes to look up to. One of them was the American boxer, Muhammad Ali, who raised his gloved hands in victory and declared, "I am The Greatest!" As a child, I wondered what made him great. Was he a great athlete, a great dad, a great citizen, an all-around nice guy? What did being "the greatest" mean? How can anyone really claim to be "The Greatest"?

I believe that the greatest man who ever lived was the Lord Jesus Christ, as described by the writer to the Hebrews:

Hebrews 2:14-18 – Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. (NASB1995)

Jesus is not great because He was a published author, an acclaimed artist, an ingenious inventor, a general of a victorious army, or a politician elected to a parliament. Jesus is the greatest human being because of Who He is: the Son of God Who became the Son of Man in order to be truly human and fulfill God's plan for our redemption. He did this without sin, and by living an actual human life, He showed us what people are supposed to be like. He is what God designed us all to be from the very beginning, and what those of us who trust in Him will be when we enter eternity and become like Him, as God intended for us.

Jesus is the greatest because He lived a perfect life, without sin, in order to be the perfect sacrifice, to save those who could never be made perfect in any other way. By His death for us, He rendered the enemy powerless, and by His resurrection, He freed us from death and the fear of it that enslaves us.

There were many great characters in the Bible, but they did not always live exemplary lives. In His grace, God worked wonders through them, but not because they were great people. In His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus showed us that great things can be accomplished in our lives through His power, even though we may not be great people.

We, His people, can't hope to be perfect or to be the greatest in this life, but we can dream ahead to the day when we see His shining face in our new bodies and know that we will be like Him when God's mighty plan is completed. When voices around us claim greatness, let us look in faith to the One Who is the greatest, Who was resurrected and freed us from the fear of death, and Who calls us to faith in Him.

Prayer: Sing with me (and Fanny Crosby): "To God be the glory, great things He has done. So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, who yielded His life an atonement for sin, and opened the life-gate that all may go in." Amen.

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Shirley Moulton <shirley_moulton@yahoo.ca>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Shirley.


    Great post, thanks, and blessings Shirley!


    Amen Shirley. Thank you for today’s devotion. Blessings.


    Thank you, Shirley,
    To God be the glory. AMEN.


    Thank you, Shirley, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us. To God be the glory! Blessings.


    What a great way to start the day with your devotion, TO GOD BE THE GLORY, may he bless you. Thank you.


    Amen! Thank you, Shirley. There is no one greater than our dear Lord Jesus Christ who has given us the precious gift of salvation.


    Thank you, Shirley, I just love your devotion for today.
    Keep on sharing this faith.
    (Quebec)


    Greetings Shirley,
    Yes, God does work wonders in our lives, and we need be ever thankful for His constant love and care of us. Blessings for these very mindful and inspiring writings you submit.


    Dear Shirley,
    Thank you for another beautifully written and so meaningful Devotional. These words are what we all need to hear and be reminded of more often.
    Blessings and Gratitude.


    Thank you for your devotional, and I like Phil. 4:13 which reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. I love your reference to the hymn by Fannie Crosby and praise the Lord for what she was able to write and pass on. We just don’t sing them enough in most worship services. Blessings.


    Good Morning Shirley
    Thank you for this! Funny, I never cared for Mohammed, I always thought he was too mouthy and bragged all the time. But I know who is the greatest!!!! So thankful for this truth.
    God bless.


    Hi Shirley,
    I always appreciate the devotionals you write, and the first part of today’s scripture was especially meaningful to me as I contemplated the untimely death of a CBC journalist, who was a Christian. Thank you for the reminder of our great Saviour. I often wonder why churches sometimes focus less on Jesus and more on programs and strategies. Really, focusing on Him brings everything else into perspective.
    Many thanks for your continued service as a writer who points always to Him.


    Good morning Shirley,
    Interesting topic and what does “greatest” actually mean to each of us. I like it when you challenge me to think about something which I take for granted and which sometimes changes in my mind each day. I listened to a Christian speaker just before I went to bed, and it was about that God wants us all to achieve “greatness” and he will help us to get their like David and Abraham and Moses. He did remind us of all that God is the “greatest” and we should remember that he is Our Father and wants the best for all of us. When I get the same message so close together, I feel that God wants me to hear this because of something I need to learn or relearn or put into action.
    Thank you for sharing from your heart so that I can be stimulated to think on what I need to know in order for God to be able to use me. May you have a “great” day because God is guiding you. Many blessings.


    Shirley;
    Thank you so much for your devotional. We truly do have a wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ. We cannot tell others the gospel message enough. Keep well, keep safe.
    By Grace Alone

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