Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11 (MSG)
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.
“For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus ]every knee shall bow [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.” -AMPLIFIED
This life and all that we are faced with can definitely be a challenge. What we need to remember and thoroughly understand is; it is not about us, but Jesus. It’s not about me and it’s not about you; period. The World and all that it contains is not focused on us. We are not at the center of the Universe with all eyes focused on us. That place has been reserved for Jesus. And one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is indeed Lord and has always been Lord.
Paul was pretty adamant on where our focus should be placed and why. God has exalted Jesus and placed Him in the highest position. In fact, Paul tells the Colossians that it is Christ who holds us all together. “We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.” -Colossians 1:15-18 (MSG)
Jesus and Jesus alone is the Name that is exalted and holds great power; it is all about Him. Too often we worry about how “we” are being perceived, how we are standing out, how many times we have messed up and others have seen. It is a pride problem actually; which goes back to the beginning of time. Instead we should be focusing on Jesus and humbly accepting our place in His plan.
“All that has happened and ever will happen is moving through time toward that climactic hour when every tongue will confess the lordship of Jesus Christ. Every knee, whether in grateful adoration or under compulsion, will then bow to Him.” -Vernon C Grounds (Our Daily Bread)
It’s all about Jesus. Our focus should never be on ourselves, no matter how great our lives are going, how many promotions we have had, or achievements we have accomplished. Nor should we be focused on how many times we have messed up, blown the opportunities that God has placed in our lives or let someone slip by without sharing God’s love with them. Both of those ways of thinking focus on us as individuals, not on Jesus.
It’s not about me and it’s not about you; it’s about Jesus Christ. He is the One who made a relationship with the Father possible. He is the One who has paid our debt. He is the One who can forgive our sins. He is the One who gave us a hope and a purpose. For this reason God has exalted Him! Let us bow humbly at His feet and acknowledge Him as Lord.
Lord, forgive me; too often my focus has been placed on “self” and not on you. Too often pride has walked right into my heart and taken a seat on the throne that is meant for you. I acknowledge that you and you alone are King and Lord of all. This life and the things that happen in it are not pointing at me, focusing on me and happening because of me. Instead, they are all part of your purpose and plan and I have the privilege and honor to be part of your plan. Help me to keep the perspective right; You in the star role and me as part of the supporting cast. It is all about you Lord! I humbly bow before you and confess even now that You are King and Lord of all.