DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR VICTOR BORCHARD
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“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV)
The key result is God’s glory. That’s the point of everything. It really is the only result that matters. We want to bring God as much glory in this, one and only life, as we possibly can.
Jesus shows us the way to achieve that key result. He brought more glory to God than anyone who has ever lived. His path was paved by humility. This passage is all about the humble mind of Jesus. He who was the most humble here, and is now the most highly exalted there.
Humility honors God. The cross before the crown. The lower we go, the higher He’s praised. Keep stooping here to be highly exalted there. Today, Jesus isn’t calling us to some wildly unrealistic expectation as he sits back with arms folded. No, all He asks of us is to do what He already accomplished. And He will lead us through every step, because He is the good shepherd. And this is the way: to pick up our cross now, so we can put on the crown then.
“Usually looked down upon in the world, being too often confused with “ever-so-humbleness,” with willful self-disparagement, or with conventional descriptions of (other) sinners as “guilty, vile and helpless worms.” In Christian tradition humility ranked high. With Barnabas it was part of “inward fasting”; with Chrysostom, “foundation of our philosophy”; Augustine said, “If you ask me what is the first precept of the Christian religion I will answer, first, second and third, Humility.” Calvin insisted on being buried in an unmarked grave.”
– R. E. O. White
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