The First Move

1 John 4:9

I have sent this message every Christmas for the last several years, but this year it has a special meaning for me. This has been a great year! However, in some ways it has also been a year of frustration as I’ve struggled with the need to receive clear direction from God. I’ve prepared and presented myself, but, until recently, I’ve not felt He was hearing my plea. Yes, there were even times I grew angry with God. It seems a little foolish now, but I know God understands and loves me right through my frustration. This message reminds me that God CAN be trusted to make Himself known and will always reveal His plan at just the right time.

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In our celebration of the birth of Christ, we know the focus of Christmas must always be on remembering the eternal gift given through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This season ought to irresistibly draw us near to God as we reflect on His gift of love.

The birth of Jesus gives great insight into the character of God. For one, we see His methods are far different from our own; “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways” (Isaiah 55:8). How many of us would bring the King of Kings into the world through two common young people in a dirty stable? But God had a purpose!

These lowest of beginnings set the example for a life of humility. Jesus Christ is the Creator of the Universe! “For by Him all things were created” (Colossians 1:16). Yet, He humbled Himself to the point of being born with the animals and continued by humbly walking all the way to the cross.

As we reflect on His humility, how can we then make prideful demands on life? How can we assume there is a standard to which we are entitled? Jesus set the standard for humility and we are now called to follow; “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

But perhaps the greatest insight we can learn from the birth of our Savior is simply that He came. Our sin must have been detestable and vile to One so holy, but He came to live with us…and love us! Without Jesus Christ, we have absolutely no hope – we can do nothing to save ourselves from the bondage of sin and an eternal separation from God. We can do nothing, yet God made the first move to set us free. He took the initiative in our Salvation by providing a way and calling us Home.

1 John 4:9
“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”

God clearly saw our sinful condition; and yet, He loved us enough to send His Son so we might be restored to a right relationship with Him. He sent His Son so we might live! God made the first move 2000 years ago and He continues to make the first move in our lives today (even with giving specific direction). He calls long before we even recognize His voice, and He continues to call us to surrender our life and live with Him in a deeper and more intimate relationship.

If you hear His call today, please respond! It’s a great privilege to hear His call, so be encouraged…but then respond! His call cost Him dearly, and it represents a love we will never fully understand. Let’s boldly answer and follow wherever He leads. And remember, He loved us enough to make the first move.

Have a Christ Centered Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries

2 responses to “The First Move”

  1. benjamin gillean

    serving Jesus, is important, no matter the cost, in health, money problems. God always provides for our needs. And Jesus heals us in his time, and according for his purpose. So when we continue to have faith, trust and obey. we will see how awsome our Lord really is.
    God bless v.g.

  2. Isaac

    Thanks Kim! :) And yes I read Heavenly Places and I thought Treva was so bitaueful even though I couldn’t see her. I felt her pain of what she went thru with the light vs dark thing, because I used to go thru the skinny vs big thing. But good ol Hez and Jillian always reassured Treva of her beauty and I was glad at the end she finally felt that way and received that God made her whole. I recenltly heard a Pastor say that brokenness os the gateway to wholeness. I’m right there on the path to wholeness too!

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