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Community, submission, transformation

Community, submission, transformation

I’m off on a cruise for a week. I’ve always said that they’d never get me on one of those huge white boats. However, I am submitting to my friend Hilary and to my husband Neil by joining them on a cruise. So, I have sacrificed my desire for green grass and isolated places with amazing views for a big white ship filled with hundreds of other people.  And what’s more, I am really excited about it! I am going to enjoy this, and not only when I find some grass, isolation and views when we dock!

God has been taking me on a journey recently, revisiting what submission is all about. I discover it is about not sticking up for ‘me’ but instead deciding to promote community. It is about putting relationship before getting my own way, even when I know I am right. It is about acknowledging, respecting and encouraging those people who are in leadership in my life, acting graciously rather than being the constant rebel who wants to cause trouble. It is about realising that even if their way is not perfect it can be better to go along with it for the greater good. It is about giving up my selfishness but not my integrity. It is about giving in with grace and love for the other, always knowing that I am a beloved child of God.

Oswald Chambers said the key to discipleship is to “become broken bread and poured-out wine in the hands of Jesus Christ for the sake of others.

When I am unsure of myself and seeking acceptance I cannot submit to others as I should. Instead I become critical and try to put forward what I think is right even when this damages community. When I am confident about who I am in God, I do not need praise from others. When I am sure about where he has placed me and what he wants me to do, I don’t need to be ‘heard’ or to be ‘recognised’. As I first seek God and to live humbly with Him, I am enabled to live humbly in community with others.

Jesus said “Whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” We are called to submit to God so that He can create something beautiful: a transformed life and a transformed community.

  1. I am with you Elaine. The greenery, beautiful views and peace and quiet away from crowds are what I need to take stock and be refreshed, but I hope that you enjoy the cruise anyway:-)

  2. Very well said Elaine.
    May your obedience and this cruise adventure with God bring some wonderful blessings!

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