This first volume of blog posts will cover my spiritual journey as it relates to the ever so sensitive topic of Submission. I am not talking submission to man – I mean submission to The Most High, The Almighty, The Great I am.
Rome wasn’t built in a day so I certainly will not try to blog everything the Lord has given me, assignments for myself, and the wisdom he has imparted in me to share about submission in one post. This post is solely going to concentrate on what the understanding of God’s word has taught me submission means and why it really is a GREAT thing!
Definition of Submission: To obey the will of a higher authority
So over the course of the last few years my world has been rocked in ways that I would not have imagined. Ways that I would have never envisioned through my own earthly eyes. Well if I didn’t know it then, let me assure you all – I know it now. Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard – In other words what I thought the plan for me was not at all God’s plan for me.
You will often hear pastors, ministers, spiritual advisers etc. say – To get what you need, where you want to be in life, out of your messy situation then you must submit to the will of God. How many times have we heard this said? How many of us really knows what that means or how you get to submission?
Submission is often presented as the beginning product when in actuality it is the end result of a full and real relationship with God – Marinate on that for a second…..
At times I have found it difficult to submit to the will of God and really be a living sacrifice as the word calls for us all to be. Sure I knew of him, sure I loved him, yes I have been a witness to things that he can do but yet still struggled to TRULY submit to his will. Why did I find it so hard to submit to his ways and his will in order for him to guide my steps in order to fulfill his will for my life, but yet so easy able to submit to other things that have no bearing on my spiritual journey and the fulfillment of God’s plan for my life such as a job cutting a paycheck or the peer pressures of friendships?
I’ll tell you why – it was because I really had no clue who God was, no real relationship with him. And because I did not know him and no real relationship with him, I did not trust him. And because I did not know him, had no relationship with him and did not trust him – there was no way I was going to submit to him. How do you submit to someone you don’t know, have no relationship with and do not trust?
I was trying to tie the will of God for my life to a tangible item as if to say once I obtained whatever that item was – be it the big house, the nice car, the good credit score that I will have somehow found the magical will of God for my life. Crazy eh? But I bet not so uncommon – let that sink in for a minute.
Plain and simple I was trying to submit and lead by MY will and not HIS will.
Rule number one I have learned on this spiritual journey is that it is not my will but HIS will be done on earth as it is in heaven. On earth does not just mean the physical planet and how we operate – think on it. The earth is me, the earth is you! God formed us from the very dust of the earth. So I could reword this and say that not my will but HIS will be done in me as it is in heaven!
This to me is the most important in submission. We often hear it said over and over again, we may even say it and claim we believe it, but I’ve learned I have got to live it…..Your Will Lord….not mine.
God has shown me along my spiritual journey that submission to his will does not come without relationship with him. I am on a continuous hunt for teaching and understanding of his word. Whether it’s reading and studying my word, listening to podcasts, playing/singing my gospel music, praying etc. I have intentionally set time to spend just with God. Who builds a relationship without spending time together?
The more relationship I have begun to build with God the more understanding I have gained that submission through guidance of the word will keep me! Since God’s laws are wonderful, his regulations are fair and they are completely trustworthy (Psalms 119: 129-144) submission to his will and commandments really should be easy.
Submission to God’s commandments and his will is a Great Thing! Submission comes as a result of a relationship with God first and through obedience of his word. I have learned that to think you are able to submit to God without having a real relationship with him, spending time nurturing and cultivating that spiritual connection – then you are in for a rude awakening. Submission comes only by relationship and obedience of The Almighty.
Are you tired of doing it your way yet? I sure am! Lord Here I am……
Submission is in a sense a reward – a reward for a lasting and meaningful obedient relationship with Christ. A reward I will not miss out on along this human experience as a spiritual being.
Stay Tuned – My next blog will focus on What Submission Requires.
~The Spiritual Journey~