Can’t stand to be told what to do? We are all there at some point. Submission is a hard word…
Submission means “to place oneself under the authority of another.” Our pride can get in the way of submitting to the LORD. It often takes the form of rebelling against parents, rules, authority, traditions (not always bad), and good advice. It’s one of Satan’s three tools in his bag of temptations: The pride of life (1 John 2:16). Solomon had this to say:
9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable.
Solomon couldn’t have been more on target–and prophetic. Here is what happened to the people after Solomon’s time:
Jeremiah 19:4 For they have forsaken [rebelled against] me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned incense in it to gods that neither they nor their ancestors nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. 5 They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal–something I did not command or mention, nor did it enver my mind.
It even started with Solomon!
1 Kings 11:1 King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter… 2 They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. 4 As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God…
We cannot depend upon our own wisdom. Yes, we have the gift of CHOICE (free will) from God, but it is to choose whom we will serve. EVERYONE SERVES SOMEONE.
Joshua 24:15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
We tend to forget that this world is the enemy’s stronghold. Satan has control of the earth–for a little while longer. “This world is not our home; we’re just a-passin’ through.” Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). We, therefore, cannot view this world as our home, either. Instead,
Philippians 3:20 Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,
The question is, “What are we doing today to store up riches in heaven?” Are we investing in THIS world or in HIS world? Are we serving the god of this world by running after wealth, fame, security, power, sensuality, and luxury? Or are we seeking the LORD and His kingdom and His righteousness? In the New Covenant, Jesus made these things important:
- Matthew 6:33 “Seek first his [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things [life, food, drink, clothing-the necessities] will be given to you as well.”
- John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- John 15:4 “Abide [remain, dwell] in me, as I also abide [remain, live, dwell, reside] in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit [be like Jesus] unless you abide in me.”
Will we choose to seek, love, and abide in Him today? Or, will we choose to follow our own plans? The problem is that to follow our own plans is to choose by default to follow Satan. He makes us think it’s our idea through deception, and we, being sheep, follow all too easily.
May we hear our Savior’s voice and follow Him and Him alone.