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A Life of Submission

Submit to the Will of God for Your Life

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Submitting to the will of God for your life allows you to live a life with God and be involved with His work.

We experience many authority figures in our lives. When you became a cadet or midshipman, you entered a life where you submit to authorities on a regular basis. You know and experience what it means to submit to the will of another. In the same way, in order to become a godly Officer, we must submit to the will of God for our lives.

Jesus Teaching

Matthew 16:24-26
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?“

What does it mean to “take up his cross”?

When the disciples heard Jesus say, “take up your cross,” they would have thought of the Roman cross. They would have pictured a person who had once lived a rebellious life toward Rome now in a position of submission which leads to death. After Jesus went to the cross, it gained a whole new meaning. Let’s compare what this meant about the Roman cross, then the cross of Jesus.

The Roman Cross – Rome demonstrated its rule by having rebellious criminals carry their crosses through the streets of Rome to the place where they were crucified. Those who once rebelled against Rome were now walking in total submission to the authority of Rome.

The Cross of Jesus – Jesus died on the cross in total submission and obedience to God the Father. Jesus submitted to the will of God which was to die on a cross for our sins. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

The Roman Cross meant Submission and Death.

The Cross of Jesus means Submission, Death, and Life. We Submit to the authority of God, we put to Death our sinful desires, and we allow Christ to Live in us.

List three reasons why I am motivated to submit to God’s will for my life while “dying” to my own will for my life.

Outcomes

  • Head – I understand that I need to put my will to death so that I can submit to the will of God so that I may delight in God’s interests.
  • Heart – I believe that if I put my will aside and pursue God’s will for my life, I will experience the joy of God’s plan for me and will have a greater impact on those around me.
  • Hand – I will seek to know God and His plans so that I may center my goals, relationships, and time around God’s desires.

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