Philippians 2:9–Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 2:11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What does it mean that every knee should bow? Is He the Lord of our lives?
These are powerful words and made into many songs/hymns. Are they a part of our everyday lives?
Lord—he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has the power of deciding, master, has control of the person, the sovereign, prince, title given to God, Jesus.
When Paul saw a bright light flash and he fell to the ground: Acts 9:5–And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting”. He called Jesus Lord. Then His Lord told him what to do. Acts 9:6–But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” When we bow our knee to Jesus as our Lord, we are giving Him full control of our lives. From that moment on, Paul followed Jesus as his Lord.
Concurrently, there was another believer who was following Jesus as His Lord. Acts 9:10
Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” Acts 9:11–And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying,
Ananias argued a bit with his Lord and Jesus explained why He was telling Him to go meet Paul. After this back and forth, the Lord’s response to Ananias: Acts 9:15–But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.
A strong “Go!”. Some might say, but we have a free will. Yes, we do, and we are freely giving Him our will for His. Below is from “Tozer Devotional” website.
“In the New Testament salvation and discipleship are so closely related as to be indivisible. They are not identical, but as with Siamese twins they are joined by a tie which can be severed only at the price of death.
Yet they are being severed in evangelical circles today. In the working creed of the average Christian salvation is held to be immediate and automatic, while discipleship is thought to be something optional which the Christian may delay indefinitely or never accept at all.”
Luke 9:23–And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 9:24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
When we follow Him as our Lord, we give up our lives, our will for His. We take up our cross, whatever circumstances we are carrying in our lives, and follow Him. Paul laid down his life and followed Jesus. His cross was his many sufferings and persecutions. I did not give up my life to Jesus as Lord at baptism. I had never heard a teaching on this. A few years after baptism, He became my Lord. It was a one-on-One experience as He led me in giving up everything in my life to Him. As Tozer said, making Him our Lord is a one-time event as it is when we trust Him for our salvation. Then we follow Him as Lord each day as we are led by the Spirit. He will teach us to hear and discern His Lordship, His word and direction for us through our walk in the Spirit. He is not asking us to follow Him by our will power, rather to give up our will and self-effort thus allowing the power of the Spirit to live and flow through us. If we are dependent on our will power to live the Christian life, we are inadvertently shutting off the power of the Spirit in us. After years of walking with Him as Lord it is embarrassing to admit how many times I have reverted back to my will power sincerely trying to do some good works for Him rather than letting Him lead: each time resulting in rather humiliating experiences. Thankfully, He is patient in teaching us to trust Him as our Lord, denying ourselves, our will power, and letting Him lead.
Galatians 5:25–If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Lord may You teach us to deny ourselves, our will power and yield to You as Lord, letting your Spirit empower us to serve You. Teach us to discern Your Spirit, to discern between our will and Yours, that you may be the Lord of our lives. We bow our knees before You to serve You.