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Submission to God

 

      Submission to God is the one necessary thing in order to enjoy the Christian life.  The more fully we’re submitted to his will, the more cheerfully we can carry it out, and the sweeter and richer will be the joy of doing it.

 

What constitutes submission to God.

Submission belongs to the will; and that true submission consists in the will’s being entirely subdued and under the control of God’s will.  It is just that attitude of will, or that voluntary state of the will that God requires.

 

       The nature of our relations with God depends upon the extent of our submission to him.  This is well illustrated in the relation of husband and wife.   When two marry, and there’s no merging of the wills and purposes, but each retains his or her individuality, standing apart from the other in wish and desire, in choosing and willing, their union can never be a happy one.

   

Ephesians 5:21-24Ephesians 5:21-24
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

Someteos los unos a los otross 21 Someteos unos a otrost en el temor de Dios. 22 Las casadas estén sujetas a sus propios maridos, como al Señor,u 23 porque el marido es cabeza de la mujer, así como Cristo es cabeza de la iglesia,v la cual es su cuerpo, y él es su Salvador. 24 Así que, como la iglesia está sujeta a Cristo, así también las casadas lo estén a sus maridos en todo.

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  “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.  Now as the church submit to their husbands in everything.”   

 

          They must yield themselves to each other.  There must be a merging of their wills into each other, a combining of their purposes, a consideration of each other, a sacrificing of the individual will.   The husband and wife who really love each other can enjoy each other and draw near to each other in spirit and affection.   This makes their union a blessed reality, and a source of more true joy.   Those who enjoy each other are the ones who have sacrificed self and lost sight of selfish considerations, each desires to please the other and each finds his or her happiness in the happiness of the other.

 

 

Ephesians 5:25-29Ephesians 5:25-29
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

25 Maridos, amad a vuestras mujeres,w así como Cristo amó a la iglesiax y se entregó a sí mismo por ella,y 26 para santificarla, habiéndola purificado en el lavamiento del agua por la palabra,z 27 a fin de presentársela a sí mismo, una iglesia gloriosa, que no tuviera mancha ni arruga ni cosa semejante, sino que fuera santa y sin mancha.a 28 Así también los maridos deben amar a sus mujeres como a sus mismos cuerpos. El que ama a su mujer, a sí mismo se ama, 29 pues nadie odió jamás a su propio cuerpo, sino que lo sustenta y lo cuida, como también Cristo a la iglesia,b

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  “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blamesless.   In this same way husbands ought to love their wives as their own badies.   He who loves his wife loves himself.  After all, no one ever hated his own bady, but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-“

 

       Our wills are naturally selfish. We love to have our own way.  It’s not easy to submit to the will of another, unless there’s some strong motive that impels us to submission.   The more our souls run out God-ward, the more like him we become, the happier and more useful we are.   Reluctant submission to God is not real submission.   Reluctant obedience is never real obedience.   It’s only when the heart responds to God willingly and cheerfully that the power of such service make one happy is realized.

 

 

 

 

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