Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
5 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 is our exalted Lord. What does that mean for us? Scripture reminds us of the amazing truth that Jesus is lifted up, that He is glorified by the Father and that one day every tongue will confess that He is Lord. Jesus, our savior, our redeemer, and our master is lifted up, and that should encourage us. We should find peace, hope, and comfort in this, because Jesus is not only alive, but He reigns in heaven. And Jesus is coming back to this earth, to set all things right. If we want to have a spiritually successful 2019, then let’s remind ourselves of this amazing fact and find our strength and hope in our exalted Lord.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- What does Jesus as our exalted Lord mean for you? How does this help you in your faith journey? In your spiritual struggles against sin and temptation?
- What are some ways we can demonstrate our peace and hope that we find in our exalted Lord? How does your life manifest this in the way you live, love, and share the Gospel with others?
As we look to you, our exalted Lord, let us find the courage to live as you would have us to live. Give us a spiritual mind, ears, and eyes to see the truth of your glorified nature, and from that, also bless us with the strength to endure the trials of life. Let us live only for you, and for the glory of your name. Amen.