Living It Out – Jan 15

from Pastor Andrew

Submission is at the core of all relationship.

In the Garden of Eden, before sin, man had a wonderful relationship with God. The relationship that is intended and desired by God. Relationship flowed out of man’s submission to God, trusting His Word and keeping His commandment. Adam and Eve’s sin was a revolt against God, a refusal to submit.

Submission and sin are almost antithetical. Each is almost the exact opposite of the other. Salvation is the solution to man’s sin. When we are born again by faith in Christ, it is a submission to God, to the authority of His Word, and to Christ as His means of salvation.

Submission is also at the heart of discipleship. Jesus calls us not only to believe in Him but to follow Him. A disciple is a learner and a follower, a student who has submitted himself to his teacher.

As a disciple, we are called to submission as the key to unity and harmony in human relationships. In the Godhead, in the church, in marriage, and in any relationship, submission is the basis for unity.
 
1 If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; 4do not [merely] look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:1-4).

This week ask God to examine your attitude toward submission. Confess to Him where you’re prideful and resistant to Him or to others. Ask Him to help you submit.