Day 19 – Highest

“Glory to God in the highest.”
 
(Luke 2:14)The angelic messengers were communicating the incomparable news that God had come to save the world. Those heavenly beings were so enthralled by God’s action that they declared God was to be praised above everything. “Glory to God in the highest.” Their message echoes the daily orientation that God desires for your life and mine: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) God gets the maximum glory. God gets the praise in the highest.
 
Here is the rub. Although we sing “glory to God in the highest,” sometimes you and I live as if there was something higher to attain than God.  We easily become distracted by that which has no lasting value.  We can be enamored by someone or something we assume will take our lives to greater heights. The old cliché has some traction here: “big toys for big boys.” 
 
Gentlemen, God is not calling you and me to a life where we get more toys (tangible or intangible). God is calling us far beyond the puniness of such false “highs.”   God is calling you and me to the highest life possible.  God is calling you and me to love (serve, follow) Him will all of our heart, soul, strength and mind.” 
 
How do we make the switch?  How do we say no to the false highs?  How do we say no to the toys?
 
Repent. Receive. Respond.   (It’s the blocking and tackling of being a disciple.)
 
Repent – agree with God that His way is right and your way is wrong. 
 
Receive – through the cross of Christ you are His forgiven son.
 
Respond – pursue God above everything.
 
Jesus put it his way: “…seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
 

What is God saying to you today?