Timeless truths from Philippians 2:8-11.
How far does your obedience take you? Will it take you to the point of death? Death itself? Maybe a better question is this: How far have you gone in your obedience recently?
Obedience is a mark of humility. Jesus Christ humbled himself “by becoming obedient to the point of death.” Are you willing to die for your faith? Before you answer, think about this – are you willing to live for your faith?
Why is humility so important to obedience? Because when we are humble, we are aware of our dependence upon the power of the Holy Spirit. Dependence upon Him give us power. When we think we can “handle it,” we may successfully “handle it” but then we can’t handle the pride that fills our hearts. That sets us up for the fall on the path of pride.
Jesus obeyed and He paid for it with His life! Obedience is costly. It isn’t easy. The rewards may not be seen or experienced in this lifetime. But the humble do not obey to gain but rather to GIVE. That is why God exalts the humble and brings the proud low. Jesus is our teacher and our Lord. Certainly we should expect to obey without regard to results here and now.
“Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11 NASB