A few posts ago I mentioned how I’ll be teaching a class with a team on, Reaching Your Destiny in God. I’ve been preparing all day my lessons plans. Actually I’ve been reviewing my notes for the last couple of weeks. For a brief moment today I started to panic thinking about it. You know what panic feels like? It’s when your mind goes numb, your heart beats quickly and you start to think of reasons how you can get out of what you about to do. My husband is away so I couldn’t turn to him for that comforting, “You can do this, honey.” In the pilot episode of Lost, Kate asks Jack if he is ever afraid. He tells her a story that he allows himself to be afraid for only five seconds and that’s it. So, I decided I would panic for five seconds and then get over it.
Obedience vs. submission is one of the topics I’ll be teaching on in a couple of weeks. Funny when you teach a class like this, it’s something God is either teaching you or taught you about recently personally.
Obedience is an outward sign where as submission is an inward condition of your heart. The story of the little boy and his mother is a great example of this. The mother tells him to sit down and he doesn’t want to. When he finally sits he says, “I may be sitting on the outside, but I’m standing on the inside.” This is more than just a story about a defiant child. He may have been obedient to his mom, but he was definitely not submissive to her authority.
My job has been a training ground for me on this subject. I work for a boss who doesn’t always understand how to relate to her employees. I can go into details but that’s not the point. The point is she is someone in authority over me. It wasn’t enough to simply be obedient to her requests regardless of my feelings about it. I needed my heart to change and submit to the authority God placed over me. In the process I’ve gain peace. Nothing really has changed, except me. God has honored my submission and I’m a better person for it.
© Nadine Z. 2007
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