“He must become greater; I must become less." (John 3:30) Okay, so what if the creator of the universe died on the cross for my sins, those of my grandmas’ and the guy on the street corner’s sins? Yes, I get it, He saved us all from an eternity in Hell, but so what?
Do you see how ridiculous and ungrateful that sounds? We as Christians might not say that exact same sentence (at least I hope not) however some of our actions and thoughts prove to speak louder than our words. By not submitting to Christs’ authority or the authority He has placed in our lives we are saying He is not worthy to be obeyed, when in reality, we owe him everything without a smidge of regret or resistance. So, when God asks us of something, whether that is to start volunteering in children’s church or with the youth, connect to a lifeline and stay consistent, tell that one family member about Jesus or give to the church. Whatever it may be: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8) He came to give us everything, joy everlasting and love never-ending, that much more we should give in return.
Who am I
“Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name” a lyric from the song Who am I by Casting Crowns really gets into the spot of humbling ourselves, knowing that there is 7.5 billion people in the world yet God calls us His child is not to be taken for granted.
Submitting to authority has always been a struggle for me, not in the way where I didn’t do as I was told, but in my heart. I couldn’t tell you where it stemmed from but I do know that when someone would tell me to do something my immediate thought was “well why can’t you do it?” or “what do you know” I would always do it with a bad heart. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t struggle with that today, we’d all be lying if we said we didn’t. The thing to remember though, is to acknowledge that we don’t know everything put aside our pride and be in the position of servitude rather than attitude.
Take time today to…
Pinpoint areas in our life where pride seems to seep in.
Be content in the area God has placed you in and for the people he has placed in authority over you.