Submitting to the will of God

Lesson notes from Sunday July 31, 2022

What is submission?

Read James 4:7-10

  • Submission involves humbling yourself to obey the will of God
  • When we submit ourselves to the will of God, he lifts us up
  • Submission involves yielding to authority and doing what the ultimate authority, God wants us to do

Read Romans 13:1

  • God has established all authorities on earth. As Christians, we should yield to these authorities, for eg. paying taxes, obeying traffic laws

Read Mark 10:42-45

  • Even Jesus yielded to God and obeyed his authority
  • Jesus advised in order to be great, we need to be servants to others
  • How much time do we spend trying to be a servant versus trying to be a leader?
  • Religious leaders of the day, ruled harshly, they were not being servants of the people
  • True submission to each other is serving each other and meeting each other’s needs
  • There is hidden power in submission, for example, wives can win over their spouses by their service
  • Even Paul stated, to live is Christ and to die is gain, he devoted himself to serving others

Read Colossians 3:22

  • When we know our role and our place and serve willingly, for example, at work, we are being obedient to Jesus
  • A sign of weakness is confronting authority instead of trusting in God’s authority

Read 1 Peter 3:1-22

  • There is power in submitting to each other
  • Even if someone is wronging you, we are personally obligated to God for our response in these situations
  • Submission is for the strong willed and God reliant person
  • Even Jesus was willing to submit and let go of his position with God: Philippians 2:6-7
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