OK, so we know that submission is a choice to respect the authorities that God places in our lives. Submission does not diminish us as a person. We have to be thinking gals, living full lives, loving on those around us.
But what if …
I don’t like what the authority asks of me?
Come with me to Gethsemane. This is like the extreme example, but we can learn from it. God the Father asked Jesus to “go to the cross.” We say that all the time, but do we really understand what that means? Honestly I don’t (I haven’t had the courage to watch The Passion of the Christ yet), but I know I wouldn’t like to be betrayed, abandoned, stripped down in front of folks, beaten, whipped, jeered at, put through extreme pain and physical distress for hours and then finally death. Jesus wasn’t too crazy about the idea either. He said to the Father, “if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39b NIV
So it’s perfectly fine to ask (in a respectful way, see Jesus’ example above) for something different. If your pastor wants to paint the church nursery room a puke green, you can (and probably should) gently suggest a couple of other options.
OK, so you asked, he said no and you’re facing the nursery with a can of puke green paint and a roller. What do you do?
Jesus was able to face a very painful act of submission because He could see beyond the sacrifice to the joy. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NIV
You’re thinking what has joy got to do with puke green paint? Not much on the surface, but is the paint really the issue? I mean really. It’s just paint. Let’s look at the bigger picture. You are agreeing with God by submitting to an authority and that opens the door for Him to enter the picture and move on the lives of all involved. That is a recipe for miracles.
Obedience to God is a sign of loving Him (John 14:15). He wants us to submit to authorities (1 Peter 2:13-17). There’s a blessing attached to obedience (Luke 11:28). Your sweet attitude might impress and bless the Home Depot paint guy (He needs Jesus too). You might have greater favor with that authority (they may listen to you when it really counts). Your walk with the Lord may be sweeter. Have a little faith. Show God a little love and submit. Look for the blessing! Look for the joy!
But He said, Blessed (happy and to be envied) rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey and practice it! Luke 11: 28 Amplified
More tomorrow …
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