1 Peter 2:16 (CJB)
16 Submit as people who are free, but not letting your freedom serve as an excuse for evil; rather, submit as God’s slaves.
Definition of submit
b : to permit oneself to be subjected to something
- had to submit to surgery: to defer to or consent to abide by the opinion or authority of another
The struggle of freedom is so often choosing to use it, and choosing to submit perceived freedoms under authority. So many of the day to day battles are around this point. Tempers flare, arms cross, eyes roll, "I know" creates a shield of unyielded uncertainty...hearing a young woman say she desires to be free but seeing her actions dig her deeper into bondage and stubborn, bitter rebellion. She is going after a cheap, unyielded freedom that says "I can do what I want, when I want, how I want" not wanting to submit to the process of restoration, healing, learning something new...submitting to authority that creates safety, security and leads to growth and change.
At the end of the day if my will is not submitted then I am not free...
I am not free to be restored, to heal, to learn, to grow, to be in relationship with..
Am I...are we...willing to model this, to trust that our submission as people who are free to an ultimate, purposeful, loving authority is true freedom. When I truly put my guard down, reflect what I see "mirrored" all around me...I see I have a long way to go. Areas of pride, fear or rejection, indecision, restlessness, discontent that I do not want to submit to my Heavenly Father nor to the accountability of my peers...to allow myself to be seen, to be known, to be challenged.
Am I willing to be challenged in leadership? Am I willing to concede I do not have the answers? Am I willing to change my routine and habits for the good of another? Am I willing to hold hard lines and clear boundaries?
Submission is a true act of freedom and one I must choose to live out daily. Just as the ones we love cannot call on the name of Jesus unless they have heard [Romans 10] they cannot truly submit to Him if they have not seen it first in me.
May you be challenged to submit freely every area of you life on the inside and out! May your example of submitted freedom lead many to the purposeful living out of faith in Christ Jesus!
May we submit our will truly and freely to the will of our Father trusting the leading and guidance of His Holy Spirit!