“Happy the soul that has been awed by a view of God’s majesty.” -A.W. Pink
What a great quote from A. W. Pink about the glory of God and His majesty. Psalm 33:8 covers the importance of awe that is found in our reverence of God’s presence and power:
“Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” -Psalm 33:8, NASB
Our Jesus in the Scriptures is called Almighty God, Emmanuel, the Christ, Savior, and Lord. Yet the Christian celebrates His humble birth in a manger. As the Apostle Paul writes:
“… although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” -Philippians 2:6-8, NASB
Jesus humbled Himself. This sovereign Lord God Almighty became a suffering servant. He lived as God the Father intended us to live and died so we could live the way He lived.
Wouldn’t it be a joyful focus if you and I would ask Him to make His life our life, teaching us that it’s more blessed to give than to receive, to humble ourselves so God would be seen in what we do, and to be willing to give to others who don’t deserve our kindness?
Jesus lived as a man was called to live. He said, “I can do nothing on My own initiative (John 5:30, NASB),” but He could “do something” as a part of the Trinity because He is God. As God, He humbled Himself, and lived as a man—totally dependent on the Trinity. As man—a perfect man—Jesus depended on the Holy Spirit as He carried out the Father’s will and became our Savior and Lord. He indwells each believer and asks us to trust His indwelling presence through the Holy Spirit. This is why we are called to “live by the spirit (Galatians 5:25, NASB)” so He can produce His fruit through us.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” -Galatians 5:22-23, NASB
As we walk in harmony with Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit produces the character of Christ Jesus’ indwelling presence. God lives in each of us who know Jesus Christ. Wow! What a Savior, and what a loving Heavenly Father!
John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.