My middle name should be "independent." That's why I'm so good at this stuff and I'm going to tell you how.
Jesus' take on submission~ John 14
25-27 One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.
28-30 “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’
Now here's the world's "take" on being "self less." My youngest daughter and I saw a movie trailer for a movie called ~ you got it..."Self/Less."
In the clip we see an aging billionaire searching for ways to immortality. He finds a way by "taking" another mans' body and using it to indulge himself in all that the world has to offer. Sex, money, power...he has it all for a while.
Then we find that the creator of this new technology (putting living men's 'souls' into another man's dead body) is his actual "master."
What a picture of a person who refuses to submit himself to Jesus. Anytime we refuse to serve the One who loves us we end up serving someone or something else.
The rest of the movie goes like this~ this "man" is not really immortal. The scientist who sold him immortality now informs him that he can allow him to die at any time. It's really simple isn't it?
We can serve the world, ourselves, other worldly forces or we can serve the God who created us to be the very best we can be.
7-9 He went on to tell a story to the guests around the table. Noticing how each had tried to elbow into the place of honor, he said, “When someone invites you to dinner, don’t take the place of honor. Somebody more important than you might have been invited by the host. Then he’ll come and call out in front of everybody, ‘You’re in the wrong place. The place of honor belongs to this man.’ Red-faced, you’ll have to make your way to the very last table, the only place left.
10-11 “When you’re invited to dinner, go and sit at the last place. Then when the host comes he may very well say, ‘Friend, come up to the front.’ That will give the dinner guests something to talk about! What I’m saying is, If you walk around with your nose in the air, you’re going to end up flat on your face. But if you’re content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself.”
Speaking of submission between husband and wife...I love how God provides this "safe" place for us. The dogma of the world is to take women and use them like chattel. Hence sex trafficking, genital mutilation, facial covers. We also have pornography, "Fifty Shades of Grey." endless sources of media to flaunt the human body, sexual perversion, the call of "I gotta be me."
But here, God is giving us a security in our marital relationships.
Ephesians 5: 21 " Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another."
After a severe trial of cancer, my husband and I decided to go to one of those "free" Cruises. Don't ask me why. It was one of those "put your brain on hold" moments for both of us.
We had opportunity to take three children away to refresh after a long hard season. Besides we talked about it, prayed about it and even asked our pastor what he thought.
The trip turned out to be an adventure on what the two older girls like to call the "tuna tub". If you've ever watched National Lampoon movies you have an idea of what we went through.
Hubby got sea sick, the pool on the boat was closed due to toxic water. Entertainment included the actual men sailing the boat dancing and singing around the tables. (think Pirates of the Caribbean). And, child care, thankfully, was nonexistent because there was no way I'd leave our kids with the heavily accented chain gang members who ran the boat.
When we finally did arrive at the Bahamas, however, we stepped into Paradise.
The sand is pure white, water so clear you can see through to your feet without a problem. Our girls swam with stingrays. And, the youngest, than only three years old sat for hours with us in rippling warm aqua turf. We walked on the beaches, napped in the sun on hammocks set up in the trees. Currents of sea breeze carried promises of a better healthier future for us. We enjoyed a barbecued meal on dry land. Somehow, our time there made it all worth the journey.
That's submission. Stepping out of the craziness that is our world and into the haven that is Christ.
The key to kingdom blessings on this side of heaven is in submitting to God, your spouse and boss. The key to submitting to them is in the grace that flows from our King. I'd really like to know, what ways do you submit to your authority?