Submission is a word that often does not have the best connotations, and yet it is an important part of following Jesus. Our personal discipleship hinges on our submission to God in three ways.
We must submit to God that what He says our identity is, is truth. This is easier said then done in a culture that is full of lies and misinformation around what others think our identity should be. We are given many examples of thinking too highly of oneself, we are encouraged often to think too lowly of ourselves, and both completely miss the point. Your identity is sealed in Christ (Ephesians 1:13), you are His, bought at a high price (1 Corinthians 6:20). Jesus has made it abundantly clear who we have been made to be because of who He is. Are you listening to who God says you are?
A willing heart is what God looks for, not the smartest, riches, funniest. We are given many examples in the Bible of God forgoing the most qualified and instead using the most willing. When we are willing, we are likely to obey. Stubbornness stifles submission in ways that can make us completely unaware of and unopen to what God is trying to do in, through, and around us. A willing heart is able to submit to something worth submitting to. Are you open and willing to God?
Consistency is built from discipline and it grows our submission. The more often you practice something, the more it becomes a reflex. It takes time and dedication, day in and day out to remain steadfast in the Lord. And Christ encourages us in this, reminding us that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). The rule book isn’t overbearing, it’s doable, but it does take consistency and dedication – it is not about a 1 day a week worship service. Are you consistent in seeking God?
Submission is often misconstrued as being pushed down, forced upon, or unpleasant. Submission in a fallen world and to the wrong things will never reflect accurately what God desires for us. Submission is beautiful and happy and exciting when you submit to a good and faithful and loving God. Submission is not about giving up your dreams and desires to appease someone else, it’s about finding Someone worth giving everything you have to and abandoning all else in pursuit of the One.