We’ve had our first week of school and it looks to be an excellent year. Please keep our school, our teachers, our students and their parents in your prayers.
Saturday night we head to Sam Snead’s Tavern, Maitland, 6:00 pm. It looks like we’ll have a nice little group and get together.
Sunday is our Annual Meeting, right after our Sunday service. The Annual Meeting reflects on the things accomplished last year and looks ahead to what we’d like to do this fiscal year. Questions can be asked and answered. Remember, this is YOUR church. Please make plans to come.
Also on Sunday, before the worship service, there will be the private baptism of Anastasia Harwood.
Please note: September marks the start of our fall schedule including Sunday School, ACTs, Adult Bible Class, and the Wednesday Matthew Bible Class.
Those are the highlights. Now on to today’s devotion:
A Friend in High Places
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.
It’s not what you know. It’s who you know. Why does the restaurant manager hire one teenager while another does not even get an interview? The manager knew the family of the teen she hired. She knew nothing about the family of the other teen.
It pays to have friends in high places. Special privileges, employment opportunities, backstage passes or front row seats come to those who have friends in high places. Others get nothing.
Some people spend their lives seeking the highest places and the greatest privileges. If they cannot obtain these benefits, they consider life a failure.
Christians have a more realistic view of life. We admit that we have failed in the most important matters: to please God in every aspect of life. Sin prevents us from ever achieving this goal. Failure before God means the loss of all his privileges.
However, we have a friend in the highest place. God exalted him to the glory of heaven and gave him a name that is above every name. His name is Jesus.
Jesus never failed. He pleased God in every phase of life. Moreover, he cancelled our failures by taking them upon himself. He humbled himself to death on the cross to endure for us the loss of all privileges.
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place. God rewarded him with life after his death. He proclaimed Jesus the Savior of the world. Knowing Jesus gives you access to every privilege of life with God. Knowing Jesus makes us eager to please God in every phase of life. The exalted life belongs to those who know the exalted Jesus.
King of kings, Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, lift our eyes to clearly see your exaltation, to praise your perfect work on our behalf, and to exalt you with a life that pleases you in every way. Amen.