It’s a word everybody hates.
For some it means relinquishing our freewill.
For others it means becoming a slave…and naturally, no one wants to be a slave.
Still others thing of this word as strange and even evil.
It’s the word ‘Submit’…as in submit someone else.
-submit to the rules…
-submit to the will or whim of others…
-submit who you are to someone else’s identity.
This content of the ‘S’ word certainly seems negative and cause us to never utter it again let alone live in submission to anything other than our own freewill.
But what would you do if God requires this from you?
How do we consider the ‘S’ word then in the context of who God is and desires from us?
Even then, many (including myself) struggle with the notion of full-submission to God.
James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
This type of submission isn’t something that will hurt us, instead it will heal us. Submission to God means we can finally become all that God knows we can be. There is this potential within all of us, but it can only be accessed and fully realized when we completely submit ourselves to God’s will. This is probably the most difficult thing we will ever do. Full submission to God doesn’t mean that we will lose our identity, no, it means that we will finally have our full identity. We are called sons and daughters of God…when we finally submit to Him, this title becomes our identity. The difficulty is letting go and trusting Him. It requires us to say, “Lord, my life is in your hands!” When we submit in this way, the temptations of the evil one will diminish and we can resist sin – through the power of the Holy Spirit.
You might now be there yet – letting go and submitting fully to God…but He longs for you to take that step! He will not harm you. He loves you and desires His people be holy.
Prayer: Lord, I confess today that I struggle with full-submission to you in my life. I fear letting go because it could mean that I have to make changes in my life. Help me Lord to seek you and to let go. I want to live for you in my life. So in my day today, show me what this submission looks like. I desire to be like you. -Amen.