[submissive obedience]

[submissive obedience]

A friend of mine mentioned that phrase, submissive obedience, in an e-mail last night, and it got stuck in my mind.

Submissive obedience – doesn’t sound cool at first, does it? We got used to the mottoes like “Never Surrender!” and the like and submitting seems to be the last thing on a list of “popular” traits. Yet when you start thinking about the One you’re submitting to and all the things that He can do through you… submission suddenly starts to reveal itself in an entirely different light.

One of my favorite traits of Jesus’ character is His silent strength. Every time I read the passages from the Bible or watch one of the numerous Jesus movies, that strikes me the most. At the time when everyone and everything was against Him on that very last day of His life before death, He was calm and silently strong. Not strong in the sense that He was like Chuck Norris on mute who quietly made His opponents fall to the ground. No. Yet His strength was in calmness and knowing that He is doing what He came to do, submitting Himself into the hands of His Dad and obeying the rules till the end.

He did not do it on His own, however. While Jesus was fully God, He was also fully human, so the human fear of the pain and suffering was present. Yet, God was near.

He pulled away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, “Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?” At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him. He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.

Luke 22:41-44, MSG

An angel appeared to Jesus and strengthened Him right after Jesus had said the prayer of ultimate obedience, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”


And God’s will was done.

Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth – even those long ago dead and buried – will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11, MSG

There are times when it is scary to obey Him because there seems to be no logic in what He tells us to do. Yet, I draw confidence from the Israelites who marched around Jericho for days in silence and then made as much noise as possible on the last day. If they could do something as illogical as that, I can do whatever He asks me to do.

Lord, I… *deep breath* I submit myself to You. You’re the One who created me so it’s logical that You would know the best what to do with me. And continuing the prayer of last night and the time before, please take from me my life when I don’t have the strength to give it away to You, Jesus.

No idea where You’ll lead me, but… You know the way, so I guess I’ll tag along.

Your will be done, not mine.


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