First things first

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11 NLT

That first word in this passage is an important one. “Therefore God elevated him…” only comes after then description of Jesus’ emptying himself of all he could rightly claim as God. Instead God the Son pours himself out in profound humility in order to become human. Only in this way can he save us, and in his astounding love and grace, he comes to do that very thing. As followers of the unique Son of God who is at once God and man, why do we have such difficulty seeing what comes before “Therefore?” We all want God’s blessings, with showers of his goodness, and we seek his unending mercies toward us. But how much of ourselves are we willing to pour out so that God may exalt us? Perhaps much of the paucity of our lives as believers comes from the fact that we have no room to receive what God wants to pour into us. Only be pouring out, can we hope to be poured into. First things first, make the vessel empty, and then it can be filled. Are you making room for him to fill you?

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