To adore someone is to go beyond love, it adds elements of deep respect and admiration. There’s a fondness that connects us emotionally. We adore when we see extreme beauty.
From The Word
Praise God in his holy house of worship,
praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power,
praise him for his magnificent greatness;
Praise with a blast on the trumpet,
praise by strumming soft strings;
Praise him with castanets and dance,
praise him with banjo and flute;
Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
praise him with fiddles and mandolin.
Let every living, breathing creature praise God!
Hallelujah! Psalms 150:1-6, The Message
Thoughts & Reflections
I was recently reminded of a week long stay I had at the Ritz Carlton in the middle of nowhere Georgia. To say this was the nicest hotel I had ever stayed in is an understatement. Mints on the pillow each night, turn down service, plush robes, comfy house shoes and when I walked in at night, relaxing music was playing through the sound system. I didn’t want to leave this beautiful resort!
The following week I found myself staying at a Fairfield Inn near the Atlanta airport. I seriously missed the chocolate mints, soft towels and extreme luxury from the week before. I had gone from the best I’d ever known to standard typical business travel – and it wasn’t my choice.
When Jesus was born, he traded the glory of Heaven for an animal shelter behind the Inn. Nothing about his time on earth was remotely luxurious . He left the Heavenly throne because he knew that’s what his father needed him to do.
For some reason, only a few understood who Jesus was when he was born, most laughed at him as he got older.
Can we ever fully understand what Jesus gave up to be here on Earth with us. What kind of love did God have for us that he would send Jesus, in human form, to be one of us?
The divine God became human. I believe we hear that so much that it looses it’s significance because we don’t take the time to see what an extreme transformation that was. The Lord of lords, the King of kings – He came to earth to live as a human after calling Heaven home. It makes my complaint of staying at the airport Fairfield Inn incredibly petty.
His sacrifice is worth adoring. His love is beyond anything we can comprehend. His greatness is magnificent. And his presence is a gift, honor and holy blessing.
He left Heaven for us – come let us adore Him!
Who is someone that you adore?
How does your adoration of Jesus differ?
Why do you think Jesus gave up his place in Heaven to come to Earth?
Father God, it’s powerful to think about the way you sent your son here for us. I’m humbled by the way you show your love and willingness to come close. Your sacrifice is beyond understanding. I celebrate your greatness, I am in awe of your love and power. I love you, adore you and want to see you more clearly. Thank you for sending your son.
Adore by Chris Tomlin
Additional Devotionals from Walking Into Greatness