Follow the Leader
In the last few weeks, we discussed how submission can look in us or on us. This week I want to deep-dive into what we submit to and what we should submit to. But first, a recap - because we learn by repetition!
The Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary says,
Submission is the voluntary placement of oneself under the authority and leadership of another (Gk. hupotasso).
Recently, we discovered that understanding “Why” we do something can help us better grasp what we do and how we do it.
Living a life yielded in Godly submission -
• Frees us from trying to be who we were not created to be.
- - It starts with You!
Did you know that you can get in the way of receiving the fulness of what He’s called you to? We must make the choice each day to die to self-will and walk in His will, the New life which we’ve been called to.
Galatians 2:19-20 -
19 For when I tried to keep the law, it condemned me...
- - Get this revelation that Paul received...!
So I died to the law—I stopped trying to meet all its requirements —so that I might live for God. 20 My old self has been crucified with Christ.*It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Then when we are reminded of the words of Christ, they can really sink in deep -
Mark 8: 34-37 TPT 34 Jesus summoned the crowd,
along with his disciples, and had them gather around. And he said to them: “If you truly want to follow me, you should at once completely disown your own life.
35 For if you let your life go for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, you will continually experience true life. But if you choose to keep your life for yourself, you will forfeit what you try to keep. 36 For what use is it to gain all the wealth and power of this world, with everything it could offer you, at the cost of your own life? 37 And what could be more valuable to you than your own soul?
1. A life of submission will require us to choose a Master.
Matthew 6:24 TPT
“How could you worship two gods(masters) at the same time? You will have to hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t worship the true God while enslaved to the god of money!”
Replace money with whatever/whoever you are listening to. Is it fear, poor self-image, a person other than Christ? If they aren’t Christ or leading you closer to Him, it’s a false god!
So, because we can’t properly serve two masters, we must choose today which one we will serve! Joshua 24:15 - He reminded them from where they came and how the only God with any power delivered them. He reminded them of His goodness and drew a line in the sand.
James 4: 7-8 NKJV - Humility Cures Worldliness
(because his grace falls on the humble) ->Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
What position do we take in worship? It looks a whole lot like bowing before a king. When you get it, that’s the only kind of worship you will desire.
2. Once we’ve understood who our master is, it enables us to submit to the Authority around us, both good and bad!
Romans 13:1 NLT - Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
Jesus reminded Pilate of this truth - John 19:11 - Jesus answered, "You would have no authority over Me if it were not given to you from above.
When I walk in the authority Christ has given me as His ambassador I find success and honor in doing His will He shares it with me so that I give Him the glory.
3. Once we’ve understood who our master is, it enables us to
submit to each other!
Ephesians 5:21 - tells us to submit to each other out of our love for Christ!
I encourage you to really read and seek the Lord on the scriptures that follow - 5:21-6:9
*Paul outlines the ways we mutually serve each other, no one is exempt -
Husbands and wives, children and parents, masters and servants.
Philemon NLT v8-20 - Onesimus
We have this kind of love in us as we serve the Lord. This is what He’s called us to when we said “Yes” to Him.
Closing & Prayer -
Who has your “Yes”? As Joshua did with the people of Israel, I want to ask you a plain and simple question today. A question that requires you to decide on who your Master is.
Today, who will you serve? Will you serve yourself, will you serve fear and worry, will you serve death? Or will you serve the one who purchased you for redemption, the one who offers you a new life, one that is filled with family, togetherness, and love? One that you can lock arms with other believers in Him and we will serve Him and each other?