Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being. -Johann Von Goethe
Let’s make a “dirty” word beautiful. The original use of the word submission in scripture, translates “to get underneath and push up.” To walk in the spirit of sonship is to put yourself underneath another’s mission, and do all you can to make them successful. You do this knowing that as a son or daughter there is an inheritance that lies ahead for you. Submission is becoming a stepping stone to someone else’s greatness. Like Jesus did with you and me.
Happy Sonship is about security, significance, identity, patience, basic trust, faithfulness, loyalty, humility, and being others-oriented. The ones who know that they are “somebody” in Christ, are willing like Christ, to become nothing. Then they can empower the ones who are “nothing” to become greater than themselves. It’s the Gospel 101, and in it, submission is beautiful.
Real power cannot be independently acquired. Influence is given to people who are prepared to come under submission. For no one is successful unless other people want them to be.
I’ll challenge you with a series of questions which God regularly uses to challenge me:
What if all the prophetic words you have received in your life were given to you so you can steward them for others?
What if being called to the nations means that you pay, train and send someone else to go in your place?
What if being anointed for the ministry means serving in someone else’s up and coming church plant?
Know this, sons and daughters: you have been called to greatness. But! Let that not be your concern anymore; let it be ours as your family, and let it be God’s. Trust your heavenly Daddy to make room for you and honor your Most High God by making room for others.
A godly leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority,
finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others,
finds credibility by being an example,
finds loyalty by expressing compassion,
finds honor by being faithful,
finds greatness by being a servant.
— ROY LESSIN
“Do nothing from selfish ambition 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.” –Philippians 2:3-4
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
Jesus, I ask for your humility. Empower me with the joy to serve others. I want to live for others and give my life for their benefit. I choose to submit to you and those who lead me. I ask for the wisdom and patience to be a servant of all… Just as you serve me. In your name I pray, Amen.
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