In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve sought to “be like God”–or rather, they sought to be their own gods by declaring themselves king and queen in His rightful, exclusive place. We are guilty of doing the same thing. Yet, Jesus being in the form of God (Phil 2), because He existed as the eternal Son of God, did not exploit that glory for Himself. In fact, He humbled Himself by coming to earth in human form and taking the nature of a servant and dying on the Cross, a sinner’s death in our place. He took our curse so that we might receive His blessing; He became our sin so that we might become the righteousness of God. His vicarious death and resurrection reverses the curse for us.
John Stott, The Cross of Christ:
“For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God [Gen. 3:1-7], while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man [2 Cor. 5:21]. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be.”
Praise be to God for the substitutionary life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the One who loved us and gave Himself for us (Eph. 5). He endured the terrors of hell so that we might experience the joys of heaven. Amen.
 John Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press, 1986), 160.
Pride: “The motive and ultimate purpose of pride is to rob God of legitimate glory and pursue self-glorification, contending for supremacy with Him thereby attempting in effect to deprive God of something only He is worthy to receive.” – C.J. Mahaney – Humility
“It is not great talents God blesses, so much as likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.” Robert Murray M’Cheyne
As a lifelong Indianapolis Colts fan, with a 2011 season now complete with many disappointments and the 2012 Super Bowl approaching, it’s important to remember the more important realities of life.
This season has been filled with news media covering Tim Tebow and his gospel witness through National League Football. However, there are many other believers who live and play by similar convictions, albeit receiving less news coverage (i.e., Aaron Rodgers and even Ben Roethlisberger). As I praise God for the joys of watching the NFL, I appreciate the men like Tony Dungy who give glory and honor to God no matter whether they win or lose. Here’s a brief video testimony from Tony Dungy, the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts who praises God for the gospel: Tony Dungy – I Am Second.
May the Lord give us the faith of Abraham–for we know that He will provide our salvation, our sustenance, and the endowment of every other need:
”No distrust made [Abraham] waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was ‘counted to him as righteousness.'” -Romans 4:20-22
Praise God that He is faithful, even when we are faithless… He does not remove His steadfast love despite our fickle faith and half-hearted love. He bestows the best of Christ to cover the worst of us–His righteousness for our sin!! And yet, through the Spirit of Christ, we have been given the gift of faith–to guide us to Christ and empower us to persevere in Him as we journey through a place that is not our Home.