Apostle Grace Lubega
John 21:18 (KJV); Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
There are men in this world who cannot stand spiritual authority. I have known and observed such people through the years I have been in ministry. They can only submit to what they can control. If they are incapable of controlling a church, or a minister of the gospel, they cannot submit to him or her.
Ironically, some of them claim that they are dead in the flesh and alive unto God. But how can you be dead when you are too alive to be led or fathered?
Understand that submission also requires a form of death. Every man who is truly submitted to spiritual authority died in some way. It takes death to listen and heed your spiritual authority when he tells you that a decision you are contemplating may end up with drastic results; it takes death to wait on a minister of the gospel night and day when many judge you and ask whether you do not have better use for your time.
A submitted man is the kind that Christ paints in our theme scripture. He stretches his hand and is taken to places where he does not want to go. He serves the ministry even when he is exhausted; he responds to the instructions from the altar even when they take him miles away from his comfort zone.
To some, he may look like a slave, to God, he is mature.
FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 13:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
GOLDEN NUGGET: Submission also requires a form of death. Every man who is truly submitted to spiritual authority died in some way.
PRAYER: My Father, I thank You for this truth. I thank You because You are dealing with my heart every day and teaching me true humility. I am a bondservant for the cause of Christ and go wherever you wish me to go. Service will never be about my will but Yours alone, in Jesus’ name, Amen.