I just received an excellent devotion on submission in my e-mail by James McDonald of Walk in the Word Ministries & Harvest Bible Chapel.

Ephesians 5:19-21 [Speak] to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Whatever! It sounds like I’m copping an attitude but nothing is further from the truth. Whatever! should be our response whenever God’s Word says to do something. Whatever You say, Lord.

This kind of submission doesn’t come naturally. We are all natural-born rebels with a built-in resistance to another person’s agenda. So when you can say, Whatever, Lord, that’s great evidence that God is changing you.

Read more – link only good for one week – then you’ll have to search the archives.

I don’t know about you, but I struggle with this.  I can be a proud person (and opinionated which is why I guess I like blogging so much).  This is in conflict to the character that God wants in us.

We may not have a problem (we think) with submission to God, but what about others?  This must be a theme for me today because in my devotion today I read in Philippians.

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross, (Philippians 2:1-8, ESV – emphasis mine)

Here Jesus who is God, did not seek to achieve equality with God.  He humbled himself.  He came in the form of a servant.  He served… He put others needs before his own…  He was obedient – a perfect picture of submission to the Father.  He could have been proud.  He could have demanded to be served.  He could have come as a reigning King rather than a carpenter’s son, but He didn’t.

If I would follow His example in a more consistent fashion.  I wonder how that would transform my life.  I want to, I desire to, I choose to.  Will you join me?

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