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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Submission is ... !


Jesus was God and he was willing to submit himself to enter history and submit to taking the burden of our shame and guilt and sin. The Definition of submission is; “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden".  "put others first" - We respond, not by taking up any high handed authority, but by submitting to each other.

Instead of looking out for ourselves, we are to be looking out for everyone else, and they are to look out for us. Just as Jesus has done for us. When a believer takes this attitude into a marriage, the entire relationship changes. It becomes a relationship that grows and fosters strength when the storms of life come. Now again, this principle is essential in the crown jewel of God’s relationships…but it is also very applicable in every relationship. If you want friends…submit to mutual bonding and learning of each other. You want great employees…submit to learning that the employee is and work within the boundaries of your corporate vision to develop a mutual relationship of submission.

Christian Submission must come in Relationship --- Without knowing each other, knowing the heart’s desire, talking things through with each other, there can be no mutual submission – one will always just be giving in to the will of the other. That is why we need face-to-face relationships with other Christians – in worship services, in small groups and close friendships, so that we can obey God’s commands!

What would happen, if every person reading this blog post committed to being submissive in every relationship they have…it not a door mat, poor me, walk all over me submission… it is an attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden of the other person. What would happen … This type of relationship is so rare these days that when you find these type of relationship you run to it.

Jesus was asked what the greatest command was and He said in Matthew 22:37-40 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

A tyrannical husband demanded that his wife conform to rigid standards of his choosing. She was to do certain things for him as a wife, mother, and homemaker. In time she came to hate him and his list of rules and regulations. Then, one day her husband died. Later, she fell in love with another man and married him. She and her new husband lived on a perpetual honeymoon. Joyfully, she devoted herself to his happiness and welfare. One day she ran across one of the sheets of dos and don’ts of her first husband. To her amazement she found that she was doing for her second husband all the things her first husband had demanded of her, even though her new husband had never once suggested them. She did them as an expression of love for him and a desire to please him.”

Submission is a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden"

The question becomes…are you assuming responsibility and carrying the burden in your relationships…in your marriage?

Submission is a discipline that everyone must work on. You are not alone. You know I love ya, Don

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