The word submit or submission is often thought of as profanity, especially when used in the realm of marriage. However, to truly walk in purpose, whether it be marriage, motherhood, entrepreneurship, etc., we must first be willing to submit. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines submit as:
1a: to yield oneself to the authority or will of another : SURRENDER
b: to permit oneself to be subjected to something: had to submit to surgery
2: to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another
Basically what this is saying is that we shouldn’t have the “it’s my way or no way” attitude. We have to be willing to be like Jesus and say, not my will but your will be done. We have to be willing to heed the advice given by those God has placed in our lives as godly mentors or leaders.
The conjunction “sub” means to be under, thus submission means to be under the mission. Whose mission are you under? Although God may have given you the vision or shown you your purpose, ultimately it still belongs to him. He has just chosen you to carry it out in the earth. The reason that your vision or your purpose seems unattainable is because in your own strength it is. However, once you submit to the will of God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Often we say that we are the visionary, when in all actuality we are the vision carrier and God is the true visionary. It’s important that we understand our role and the power or authority that has been given us. Just like the centurion understood he was a man of and under authority, he knew he needed to yield to the power and authority of Jesus for the healing of his servant (Matthew 8:9-10). In this same manner, we need to yield to the power and authority of the Holy Spirit, because he is the one who will lead and guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
This weekend at Brunch on Purpose, one of the vendors shared how it was out of her complete surrender to the will and voice of God that has now caused her business to be an international business. She shared that she heard the Lord tell her to take her last $20 and buy some products to make an essential oil, which she would sell. Because it was her last $20, she asked for specific instructions on what products to buy. She bought exactly what God said, made the oil and sold it. Now she has clients nationally and internationally. Oh and this submission came at the most trying time in her life financially and physically. She submitted. She took that leap of faith and God showed up as He was obligated to do. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it’s our faith that please God. Is 55:10-11 reminds us that his word won’t return void and it will prosper in what it was sent to do.
So today, make the choice to submit to God, to his will, to his plan and to his way for your life. Get out of your own way and let God have his way. Will you say yes?
Until next week….
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!