As a follower of Christ, my heart and mind belong to Jesus. That means I live a life putting Him first. I put Him on the throne of my heart, the center of my life. I should bow, in humility and honor to Him.
But do I really live as though Jesus is my Lord and King? I struggle with selfishness and pride. I put myself first more often than I like to admit. I bow over a keyboard, hoping people will acknowledge me and what I have to say. I look for compliments. Often I respond with impatience because someone else doesn’t see things my way. I bow, looking at my plan, never praying first and seeking God, but expecting Him to bless what I want to do and how I want to do it.
As in everything, the One I should look to for how to live my life, is Jesus. Jesus, who willingly left heaven, became a baby born in the lowliest of places. Not just in my attitudes about myself, but in how I treat others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
But my goal is not to have others bow to me. It is to glorify God by exalting Christ the Lord. My knee, my heart, must bow to Jesus.