9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:9-11
Because Jesus humbled himself, God highly exalted Him. Notice Jesus did not exalt Himself as we do often do. No, He humbled Himself and then God exalted Him. Jesus Himself taught, “For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). He didn’t go to the cross because He knew God would exalt Him afterwards. He went to the cross because He loves and wanted to obey His Father, and because He loves us.
This is the model we should follow in our lives. We are to humble ourselves out of love and obedience to our Father, and we are to humble ourselves out of our love for others. Far too often, we are the ones who want to be exalted, who want to have our own needs met over others, who wanted to be treated “right”. But we know from scripture that this isn’t God’s plan for us. “For everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, and he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11).
When we exalt ourselves, when we rise up over another in conflict, when we boast to others, or when we seek to have our own needs met, we will be humbled. But when we humble ourselves, when we seek to put others before ourselves, when we show grace in conflict, when we choose to love when it’s hard, we are humbling ourselves - that is when our King will exalt us.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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