“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded”. (James 4:7-8 KJV).
Submission is something you decide to do, not something someone forces you to do. The meaning of the word “submit” is “to submit yourself.” It is a condition of the heart. Having a submitted heart means you are willing to submit yourself, and come into proper alignment in accordance with God’s will.
Our first priority in submission must always be to “submit to God” (James 4:7). This means you do not have to submit to the wishes of anyone who asks you to do something that is against God’s commands. You can have a submitted heart and still be able to draw the line when what is being asked of you violates your conscience and the laws of God.
For example, if a person who is a designated authority over your life asks you to for something that is wrong, or if that person says or dies something to you that is inappropriate and violates what is right in the sight of God, you must decline to be a party to it and declare it to be wrong. But you don’t have to scream at the person saying, “You idiot! or “You fool! What is the matter with you? Get behind me, satan!”. Instead, give them a respectful explanation such as, “with all due respect, I believe that what you are asking me to do us a violation of the laws of Hod, and in could not with any good conscience do it, knowing it would bring God’s judgment on us both,” Or “What you just said and did is offensive in the eyes if God, and in mist tell you that such inappropriate behavior will not serve either if us well.”
The difference between having a submitting heart and one that is not is that one will garner blessings for you and the other will get you into trouble.
Jesus Himself was submitted to God. His priorities were definitely in order. God wants that, “this mind be in your which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, be in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal to Gid, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the firm of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8). Now that’s submission! It would seem that if anyone might not have to be in perfect submission it would be Jesus. Yet in order to accomplish God’s purpose for His life, He was submitted to the will of the Father, even to the point of unfathomable suffering and death. What a role model He is for all of us.
Let us pray:
Dear Lord, I pray You would help me set my life in right order. I want to always put You first above all else in my life. Teach me how to love You with all my heart, mind, and soul. Show me when I am not doing that. I don’t want to have any other gods but You in my life. Show me if I have lifted up my soul to an idol. My desire is to serve You and only You. Help me to live accordingly. Lord, give me a submissive heart. Help me to always submit to the governing authorities and the correct people in my family, work, and church. In Jesus mighty and wonderful name, amen.