Bible Teaching

Submitting to God's Ways

Character Trait - Submissive; Obeying God with all my heart, even when I don’t want to.

Memory Verse - James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Submission is not a word we are very fond of.  We have grown up in a country that teaches us to be strong and make a name for ourselves.  We are taught to build up and establish our own individual kingdoms rather than submit to be a citizen in another man’s kingdom.  There is a rebellious spirit within us all that does not like to be told what to do and how to live.  But this is not what the Bible teaches.  God’s Word tells us about a Heavenly Father who is perfect in love and wisdom.  He has adopted us as His own and brought us into His family, and we are now children of the King of kings and Lord of lords. 

As members of the family of God, we must learn to be humble and submit to His leadership.  This does not come easy to us as people who have grown up in the world.  As Christians, we know it is true we must follow Christ, but we struggle to submit.  God knows this, and that is why His Word teaches us so much about it.  Proverbs is filled with wise instructions on submission and obedience.  Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”  God knows best, and we would be wise to listen and learn from Him.

I want to encourage you to embrace submission to Christ.  Begin to use this word more and grow comfortable with it in your faith journey.  You are not submitting to a cruel tyrant who wants to abuse you and do you harm.  Instead, the opposite it true.  We submit to obey and follow a Heavenly Father who is steadfast in love and faithfulness.  As we learn to love and submit to following God, our children will see and grow up knowing submission is not a bad word. 

Challenge: This week, when your child gets frustrated and rebels against your leadership, I want you to remember our call to submit to God.  Many times, we get frustrated and want to rebel against God, but we had to mature and learn submission.  Let this truth give you patience to speak truth in love o your child.  Share Proverbs 3:5-6 with them, and lead them in the way of Jesus.

The Love of God

Bible Reading: John 1:9-13, 3:16-21

One of the most popular Christian songs of 2018 has been “Reckless Love.”  We sing and worship our God who came to save us because of the amazing love He had for us.  It is an amazing song to focus us on how great God’s love is for His creation.  However, one critique of the song has been that God’s love is many things, but it is not reckless.  I do not say this to ruin the song!  I truly enjoy it and the way it makes me reflect on God’s love.  I also think we can all be encouraged this Christmas season that God’s love is faithful and certain.

We read in the opening chapters of John’s gospel that the true light, Jesus Christ, was coming into the world.  Why is the Light coming?  Because God so loved the world that He sent the Light, His only Son, to give eternal life to all who would believe in Him.  Some people will not believe, and their sin and unbelief will condemn them.  But to those who do believe by faith in Jesus, they have been given the right to become the children of God.  God’s love is deep and lasting; it does not falter or fail.  It is strong enough to save souls from the grips of sin and death.  God’s love is healing for broken hearts, warmth for the lonely, and assurance for the fearful.  This love is read throughout Scripture, but nowhere is it on better display then in life and words of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.

Application:  With Christmas drawing near, there is no better time to reflect on the amazing love of God.  Jesus Christ left His heavenly home to come down to the world that He made.  This world needed a Savior, and God’s love delivered His only Son to bring it.  This is Christmas.  I hope that we all take time to remember the God’s love being put on display.  It did not come in the form of a conquering king, but in the form of an infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  May God’s love ring loud and true in our hearts and in the world this Christmas season.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing love.  It is hard for us to comprehend the fullness of it, but we are eternally grateful.  Help us to reflect, know and feel more of your great love every day, and may we be faithful to share your love with the world.  We love you, Father.  Amen.