Humility and Obedience Get Abba's Attention
“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. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 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...”
What is the “therefore” there for? What’s the connection we are to notice and emulate?
It seems connected to “humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Following His example of serving, death to self, and letting Him be the one to give and be our reward. Dead to self first before super natural life.
Reminded of Ephesians 4: If He ascended, then that means he must have first descended.
I was thinking abt obedience. Jesus obeyed His Father’s every wish and command and desire no matter what it cost Him. No matter the pain or the suffering or the humiliation, Jesus obeyed His Father.
Because of Jesus’ heart of obedience, God wanted to show all creation His Beautiful Son and give us an example that we could follow. Seems it’s all wrapped up in Love. Jesus’ love for His Father and for us. God’s love for His Son and for us.
His humility and obedience and “reverent submission” are the things that resulted in him being exalted. Those are the things we are to emulate. By Jesus’ grace and help, of course.
“As a man” he humbled himself and served even until death on a cross for others. And so because of that God exalted him! He was our forerunner!
Humility and obedience lead to being known by God.
No limits. Giving it all. Nothing held back. And Father loves that!...and lifts it up to show the world.
“For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; *they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.*”
On a certain level it is easy for me to rationalize that Jesus’ obedience was “automatic” since He was (and is) God. But I know the Truth is that He had a will and a heavenly Position that He could have held onto. But He voluntarily obeyed and humbled himself 100% of the time. Not just at the cross, though that was the Pinnacle, but every choice, every moment, every priority, every affection, every dream, every relationship, He joyfully deferred to the Father in ALL things. He is the King Who became a Servant. He did that when he was tired and hungry, when those around Him misunderstood Him and many wanted Him dead. He did it all though He was, in every way, “just like us.” So now we really can be, “just like Him.”
Was thinking the word “obedient” requires two people somehow: The leader and the obeyer. Not just a “put your head down and run into the fray” “risking it all” but a head up, eyes up, attention to Father.
That humility and obedience to the point of ultimate self-obliterating denial gets Abba’s attention
Emulate his humility, and put to death our pride.
And God “exalts” the kind of self sacrificing life that Jesus lived while he was here. He wanted to honor his Son and also hold him up as an example of the kind of life we should live.
That we would worship His Son ...as we humbly lay our lives before Him and continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling....to fulfill his good purposes....as the next few verses say:
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.