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Every Knee Should Bow

Philippians 2:10

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Bowing before someone is a sign of honor. As Christians – the ultimate honor should go to God and God alone – yet we should be willing to honor others as well.

I was watching the move Braveheart last night. I enjoy watching medieval stuff. I always enjoyed history. I watch the TV series Knightfall for the same reason. Aside from the violence – which can get pretty gory at times – I like men and women standing up and fighting for what they believe. The TV series Vikings is another one I watch and enjoy.

Not only do these shows have men and women willing to stand up for what they believe – they have men and women willing to bow or show honor before their god and – at times – those in authority over them. In Braveheart – William Wallace was willing to bow before a nobleman if he would stand up and take his rightful place as a ruler and unite the people (this nobleman was not very noble by the way).

In America – every four years – we elect a President. Instead of giving our President the honor they deserve – as the #POTUS – we often – on all sides – pick at them and find fault with them. I know with some Presidents it has been easier to find fault than to find their good points at times.

There are people in our life that deserve our honor or respect. Even bosses that might not deserve it because of who they are but deserve it because of the position they hold.

As Christians – we’re told that every knee should bow down before Jesus. Whether a person is a Christian or not – Jesus deserves to be honored. How well are we doing in honoring – bowing – before Jesus?

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 2:5–11 – In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus deserves our honor. Jesus – unlike some leaders – noblemen – or Presidents – has done everything for us and deserves for us to bow down before Him. How are we doing? Do we bow before the Lord? We all should! And what does that look like in our lives?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

January 29, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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