Bowing Before the King of Kings
Being of the Same Mind of Christ
by J.M. Troppello
Do you kneel when you pray? I generally don’t kneel when I pray. However, in the last two months, since I’ve been spending even more time in prayer and worship, I’ve been thinking a lot more about kneeling or bowing before Jesus. This passage from Philippians 2:5-11 effectively shows how Christ was humbled and exalted – and that Jesus should and will be exalted.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it [a]robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:5-11, NKJV)
Dr. David Jeremiah said, “Bowing in prayer and worship is a rightful posture for those who serve the King of kings and Lord of lords—today and in the future.” That is a great reminder for me today to revere the Lord as He should be revered.
Walter Chantry wrote, “Jesus will not be a Savior to any man who refuses to bow to Him as Lord.” That statement definitely gives me pause. Have I been consistently bowing to Jesus as Lord of my life each day? I can admit that I haven’t been as consistent as I’d like to be in this area of my walk with the Lord.
Yet, I’m so thankful that God’s grace is new each day. He freely forgives and helps me get back on track again.
7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died [a]and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way. (Romans 14:7-13, NKJV)
I love the line in verse 8 of this passage from Romans 14 that whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. Verse 11 references how every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Verse 12 says that each of us shall give an account of himself to God. Believers will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ for their actions (see: 2 Cor. 5:10, Romans 14:10, and Matt 16:27) and will receive rewards accordingly. If they accept Christ as their Savior, they will spend eternity in Heaven. Unbelievers will come before the Great White Throne of Judgment and will receive God’s eternal punishment and spend eternity in hell.
I have been thinking more and more about the Judgment Seat of Christ these days. That has definitely been changing my behavior. Have you ever spent time thinking about the Judgment Seat of Christ?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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