The Love That Left Glory

Written by: Brittany Allen

My Husband and I are reading Randy Alcorn’s book entitled “Heaven.” Now, that’s a book that will cause you to long for our true home.

Heaven is a place of perfection and righteousness. A place with no more pain, fear, or death. Can you imagine never sinning again?

And most importantly, life eternal where we will meet our Savior face to face.

Though we can’t fully grasp the glory ahead of us, we know it will be more breathtaking than we could ever dream.

What Love is This?

Imagine a love so great that would move someone to leave the perfection of Heaven and come to earth. This earth that is filled with such terror; so much pain. Imagine the sinless Son of God, who possessed riches beyond belief, willingly submitting himself to this sinful world, coming to save those who spurned his name. Those who would scream “Crucify him!”

What love is this? The powerful, unmovable love of a Savior. Jesus, the Name above all names.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV)

A Humble Love

Surely, there is no example of humility that exceeds Christ’s. He not only came to earth, but he came in the most humble way: as a helpless baby.

who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8 ESV)

He would patiently wait 33 years to fulfill the will of the Father, knowing he would die the most painful, embarrassing death known to man.

And yet, his love for the Father and for sinners enabled him to fully pursue the cross set before him.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:38-40 ESV)

What love is this?

It’s a humble, patient, fervent love. A selfless, unwavering love. A love that left glory.

This love calls you now to worship our great Savior.

So let us fall upon our knees. He is worthy of our worship now and forever.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11 ESV) 

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Hi! Brittany here. I’m a follower of Christ and wife to James. I exist to bring God glory and pray my writing is an avenue for that. I long to encourage women to think and live biblically. I thrive on seeing women open up their hearts to The Savior and to other women around them. I believe transparency is the key to growth so I promise to be real, even when it hurts.

Spilling Over With Love

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Written by: Conny Varga

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)

Don’t you just love heart-warming stories? Especially during the Advent season, we love curling up on the couch under a warm blanket and be enthralled with tales of love, sacrifice, redemption, and courage. One such example is what I like to call “Rags to Royalty” stories. Whether hearing a classic fairy tale such as “Cinderella” or a modern true story of Princess Lilian of Sweden, who grew up in the slums and became a member of the royal family through marriage in 1976, we are drawn to the charm and beauty of a love so great that it reaches beyond the boundaries of class, wealth, traditions and reputation. A victim of their circumstances, their lots are turned by the love of their Prince Charming. These stories resonate within us because deep down we all long to experience this boundless, extravagant, self-sacrificing love. And this desire and need for such a love is placed into our innermost being by God Himself. Why? Because He is the only One who can and will love us with complete abandon and perfection.

That is why Christmas happened.

Mankind was living in the filth of the dumps: ragged, starving, diseased, orphaned, hopeless and dying. To make matters worse, these conditions and dire circumstances were the result of our own stubborn, sinful and selfish choices. While the King of Kings and Creator of the universe wanted a wonderful, utopian life for us, we chose to go our own way and reject His plan. We chose living in the dirt of the streets rather than the glorious life we were offered. And boy, did we ever choose poorly!

But wait – the story doesn’t end there! God could have easily left us to our own fate and allowed us to suffer the consequences of our rebellion and disobedience. But, He didn’t! In fact, He chose to leave His glorious kingdom, come to this wretched place we call home in the form of an illegitimate baby of a peasant teenage girl, to show us His love in a tangible way by serving us and sacrificing Himself for us. Jesus was the first one to call God “Father” and He repeatedly referred to God as our loving Father, too. WHAT? God, a perfect and holy Being, wants to be our “Father”?? He wants to adopt us into His family, make us co-heirs with Christ, and give us all the blessings and riches of His kingdom? And not just for this short life – this is for eternity! Who has ever heard of anything so outrageous and radical? This is truly the ultimate “Rags to Royalty” story! This is what we remember at Christmas.

We celebrate with family and friends because we remember that through adoption we became members of the family of God. We give gifts to each other because we received the gift of salvation and adoption through Jesus. We are a child of the King; we are given a new name, a new family, a new home and a new life. What did this adoption cost Him? Everything! Even more amazingly, He chose to love and adopt us before we even knew Him or showed any interest in loving Him back.

If we have truly experienced His love, then our heart will spill over with love for others. We want to share our “Rags to Royalty” story with others and show them that our Father wants to be their Father, too; and one of the most tangible ways to live out and prove His love to others is to obey His command to care for the helpless, homeless and hopeless orphans of this world. We care for them because He cared for us when we were orphans, going as far as adopting us as His children.

This Christmas season, would you consider making room in your heart for an orphan child? When you get together with family and exchange gifts, would you remember the lonely orphans who have no family? Maybe get involved with children in your own community, or sponsor a child halfway around the world through a reputable organization.

Maybe you can even embrace and bring a child into your family who would otherwise not have a mommy & daddy. Jesus came into this world to complete God’s adoption plan for us. Maybe we can, in some small way, show the same love to the millions of forgotten Little Treasures out there in the streets and help create a new “Rags to Royalty” story!

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Conny is blessed to be the homeschool mom of three children, a foster mom, and farmer in Amherstburg, Ontario. She and her beloved husband of fifteen years are passionate about the commandment of God to care for His forgotten treasures – orphans and foster children. They are actively involved in their church, have been on several missions trips throughout the world, and are following the Lord’s direction to raise awareness and mobilize His people to defend the cause of the fatherless and those without a voice