May 5, 2015
I recently read Darlene Schacht's book 'The Virtuous Life' and found one chapter in particular very fascinating and eye-opening.
It was the chapter on humility and submission.
She says here:
"...Submission is a willful and deliberate act of service that we bring to the Lord.
Our flesh wants nothing more than to be in control, to win every argument, and to put ourselves first. Those who exercise humility take up their cross daily by laying down the desire of the flesh for the good of another."
Have you ever thought of submission as a willful act?
To truly submit it must be our willful choice.
Darlene then shares this verse.
“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
No one takes 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 command I have received from My Father.” John 10:17-18
This is one of my favorite Scriptures. Here Jesus is letting us know his life was not taken from Him, but rather that He gave it up willingly in submission.
He completely submitted to His Father in heaven. It was a willful act.
Darlene continues with this:
"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 act of service to His Father."
When we walk with Christ, He asks nothing less of us. He wants us to willfully and wholly submit to Him.
She then quotes Mathew 16:24
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me."
Darlene ends this chapter with these encouraging words:
"The next time you're told submission is a step back for women, remember that every step that you take to the cross is a willful and deliberate act of service to God."
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