Now or Later

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:10-11

I was reading this passage in Philippians (which happens to be one of my favorite books of the Bible) and a simple thought came to me.  This post will not be a long one, but my hope and prayer is that it will cause us to think about something. 

These verses tell us that “every” knee should bow to the Lord and that “every” tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  And these things should be done to the “glory of God the Father”.  How are we doing on those three things?

Are we “bowing our knee” to His will in our lives?

Are we “confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord” with our tongues?

And are we doing it all “to the glory of God the Father”?

To me, that seems like a microcosm of the entire Christian life: following Him, speaking of Him and doing it all for His glory.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I love this verse, too! It may not be the case today, but someday “EVERY” knee shall bow and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. I am blessed to be among those who do so now. Peace, Linda


    • That is so true. Sometimes it gets discouraging to see how blatantly “anti-God” so much of society is today, but it does help to remember that God is still in charge and that every knee will bow. It is a blessing to be able to bow now AND later.


  2. Ben, I agree with you. Our hearts can deceive us, and we can so easily go from earnestly honoring the Lord with our lips when our hearts are actually very far from Him. We need to sincerely pray like David did in Psalm 139:23-24, and ask the Lord to search our hearts and lead us in the “way everlasting”…”when we think we stand take heed lest we fall.”

    Looking Unto Jesus



  3. I made a mistake in my above comment. What I meant to say was that we can start out sincerely honoring the Lord with “both” our hearts and our lips, but often in a very short period of time take our eyes off of Him and postpone going to the Lord and drift, or even keep the habit, but only go through the motions, and the next thing we know we are honoring Him with our lips (which really isn’t honoring Him) while our hearts have drifted from Him. Then the Lord has to use various means to get His children’s attention…to work in us to “will and do” again. This is something that all Christians wrestle with. Thanks again for the great post.


    • I have seen that to be true so often in my own life. I have “not taken heed and and have fallen” a few times in my life and they have not been pretty. It’s very easy to “go through the motions” and not really have your heart in what you are doing. I have even found it to be a struggle in this blog. When I started it, I really wanted to honor and glorify the Lord and I prayed that He would just use it to be a help to people. But, after a while, it almost just became a “habit”- something that was just kind of part of my daily routine and I have had to work at keeping my heart and motives right. It is definitely something that we, as Christians, wrestle with. But, praise the Lord, He is able to give us the victory- even over ourselves!


  4. I love how you translated this wonderful scripture to make it understandable in our lives today! Why wait? Let’s do it now! 🙂 Thanks, Ben, for helping us follow hard after Him. deb


    • So true! Thanks so much for the encouragement, Deb! It has been so nice to be able to read other Christians’ blogs (yours included) and find people who are following Him. It’s definitely an encouragement to me.


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