Scattered Seeds

Today’s Devotional – Submission is Giving All Power to God

Drawn from my archives

Submission is a powerful choice. It’s a willful and deliberate one that we make for the Lord. Our flesh wants nothing more than to be in control, to win every argument, and to put ourselves first. The act of submission however, calls us to lay down our lives and to pick up our cross again and again.

The world tells us that submission is giving all power and control to another, the Bible, on the other hand, shows us that submission is giving all power to God.

Jesus said, Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. ~ John 10:17-18, KJV

Do you see the power in those two verses? It’s incredible! There wasn’t a single moment during His life when Jesus was under the thumb of mankind. Every step that He took to the cross was a willful and deliberate choice to serve God the Father by loving mankind.

Like Christ, we are called to submit our lives one to another out of reverence to God. We’re called to love, and to walk in humility, esteeming others higher than ourselves. And what might that look like to us?

It’s giving up your chance to win an argument for the sake of your marriage.

It’s letting another go first in line.

It’s giving up your seat on the bus to an elderly person.

It’s allowing your husband to make choices on behalf of your family.

It’s stepping back to let others shine.

It’s forgoing a simple pleasure to buy a coat for the homeless.

It’s bathing the sick.

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Tilling the Soil

Take opportunities to serve and submit to others around you. Don’t serve for the sake of approval or any other selfish gain. Do it soley out of reference to God.

Planting Hope

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21, NIV)

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DARLENE SCHACHT is an award-winning and NYT best-selling author. She is the founder of Time-Warp Wife Ministries, an online publication that encourages women to live Christ-centered lives.

Her passion for scripture and hunger for truth is the driving force behind a unique ministry that offers Bible studies and daily marriage prayers. Darlene is joined by her husband Michael on the daily podcast “5-Minute Marriage.”

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