Are you struggling with submission? Have you failed to submit? What does submission mean? what does it really mean to submit God’s way? Why is it difficult to submit?
Submission to God’s way and to His will can be very challenging. It is not easy and most of us struggle in this particular area. Submission is the act of yielding and accepting the will of God. It is an act of worship! To submit God’s way is obedience to God’s will, so without submission, there can be no obedience.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter towards them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they should become discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart fearing God. NKJV
The scripture explains submission in a simplistic way based on our Christian journey as believers. It shows that throughout our living for God, submission is compulsory. Submission God’s way is to submit to the authority of any person above you. For example, like wives are to submit to their husbands, workers to submit to their bosses, children to submit to their parents, according to the scripture. Every activity needs submission, just as a driver has to submit to the laws of driving, so we also have to submit to those in higher authority. Submission is very essential in our everyday lives if we are to follow Christ. It means dying to self and doing as unto the Lord. But we don’t like this word submission, we think it weakens us, we see it as a controlling tool and therefore we despise it, instead, we do things our way thinking we know it all yet it is God’s will for us to be submissive. It is one of the strongest weapons of a Christian person coz it only makes you stronger and stronger.
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. knowing from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. NKJV
We gave God the authority and power to be the ruler of our lives from the day we confessed that Jesus is Lord. Therefore we no longer lead or govern our own lives. He does. So since we made this decision, we surrendered our lives to Him, and so we gone need to submit to Him!!. He now has the supremacy and dominance over our lives. God predestined our lives from the very beginning before our existence. He already set out good plans for us, He made us for a purpose and only Him can lead us into that purpose. However, we cannot walk with Him without yielding to His will or way. There’s a role that we must play, a task that must be done. In Whatever we do, we need to do it heartily, if we are to submit, we need to be sincere and genuine knowing our reward is from the Lord and not men. Submission is serving God, not men. It is our responsibility. Submission is not easy but it identifies you as a true follower of Jesus because it takes you to deny yourself, to lose your life, your desires, your pride, strength which is to pick up your cross and following Christ. Submission prunes us to live righteously, with it, obedience becomes easier, We are able to walk on the right path God has chosen for us. It helps us to obtain a good life that God wants us to live and most especially it glorifies God.
What can I do to submit Gods way
Submission takes humility, if you are humble it is much easier to submit, but with pride, it is very very difficult to be submissive. Proverbs 11:2 says When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Submission requires wisdom and with the humble is wisdom. Those who submit are wise for they see from far, they do not allow their flesh to rule them. They walk in the spirit and are led by the holy spirit. Submission requires us to do things God’s way not our own way, however stupid it may look, people may not understand, it may look crazy but you do it for God, your motives are to please God not men. So, You ignore that boss, your husband, or that person however right they maybe instead you submit to them as unto the Lord knowing it is not about you nor them but is about GOD and this GOD is going to exalt you before men at the right time. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 NKJV
2. The fruits of the Holy Spirit- self-control
Submission is much easier if you have self-control. Proverbs 29:11 says A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back. People without self-control, do whatever they wish or desire without thinking or recognizing the consequences. They cannot keep quiet when you talking, they cannot stay silent when they are right, they just cannot control their attitudes or their own selves. Submission is a lot harder for them, as they don’t see its value. However, those who are led by the spirit start to produce this fruit as the holy spirit enables them. Self-control is a fruit of the holy spirit and so it can only be exercised by the power of the holy spirit. With self-control ones able to hold back their anger, may look foolish but still do what is right. Such people are sensitive to the holy spirit and do according to what He says. When we walk in the fruits of the holy spirit which are; love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We will love submission, we enjoy doing it, we won’t see it as a struggle but as a gift.
Let us ask the holy spirit to empower us to be submissive to God in whatever circumstances or situations we may face regardless our feelings whether we feel like it or not. God’s grace is sufficient, and He is able to help us if we are willing to let Him. Submission will mold you, prune you, break you but build you and establish you up. The outcome is beautiful, the end result is amazing. Because of your submission, people’s lives can change, it can lead people to Christ, people may want to know more about the God you serve. your light can shine in the dark and people will see it. God blesses you mightily so you become a blessing, You glorify God and truly He rewards you greatly.
I pray that the Lord graces us to have the ability to submit to His way and will. May He strengthen us and help us abandon our selfish desires but constantly live to self-denial so that He can be glorified in us in Jesus Name.
God bless you.