Perhaps one of the most succinct and beautiful pictures of Jesus’ life and mission comes to us, not in the gospels, but in the book of Philippians. In chapter 2 we are encouraged to follow the model of Jesus Christ and in six short verses we are given a magnificent glimpse of the character of our Lord. And while we are called to emulate him we are also encouraged to bow down before him and give him his rightful place as King in our lives.
Have you done that? Have you made Jesus Christ King of your life? Does he have absolute rule over you? You may hesitate saying, “Does he deserve that privilege?” Consider what we read in Philippians.
The text clearly teaches us that Jesus deserves to be king of your life because he is equal to God (Philippians 2:6a). If you are going to choose a king to reign over you, you want to choose the best. What better king could you have than God himself?
Ah, but you may still hesitate and say, “How do I know I can trust Jesus?” Read on. Scripture tells us that Jesus can be trusted because he’s not like other kings who are out to build their own kingdoms. No, verse 6 and 7 say that Jesus did not consider his godliness something to hold on to for his own glory, instead he poured himself out for the sake of you and me. He didn’t take advantage of his position and power but humbled himself and “made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant.” (Philippians 2:7) Jesus can be trusted as your king because he has proved himself to be humble, willing to give his all for those under his care.
Not only this, but the text says that he was “obedient to death – even death on a cross!” Underline the word “even” in your Bible. It is astonishing. The fact that Jesus was willing to die for you and instead of you is remarkable on its own but that he was willing to die on a cross is absolutely mind blowing. Remember how these verses started. We are told that Jesus “was in very nature God” and yet, in in verse 8 we read that he died a death that was reserved for slaves and insurrectionists.
You ask, “Can I trust Jesus as my King?” I ask, “Who better to trust than the almighty God who willingly gives his life for you no matter what the cost?”
The closing 3 verses give us a glimpse of what is to come. There will be a day when you won’t be asked if you have made Jesus the king of your life. It will be too late for that. Everyone in heaven and on earth and under the earth will see the one who has been given the name that is above every name and they will bow their knee before him. For those who have made him king of their lives it will be a time of great joy. For those who have not, it will be a time of shame, regret and an eternity separated from him.
Don’t wait. Don’t make that mistake. Bow your knee and your will now and invite him to take his rightful place as King of your life.
In thanksgiving for you,