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Submission and Servanthood

One of the great paradoxes in this life is that only through submission and servanthood to our Lord, can we have true freedom and peace. Only when we submit (surrender, yield) to God and relinquish all rights to our will, can we have true happiness. Only then will God bless us with abundant blessings.

Most people don’t like the word “submit.” Most people want to listen to the devil as he whispers, “Do it your own way. You don’t need God.” And sad to say, this does have a certain appeal. Satan tells lies. But, he does tell some truth. If Satan would say that God didn’t exist, people would not believe him. But instead, he does the same thing to us that he did to Eve in the Garden of Eden. He told Eve that God told them not to eat of that special tree in the middle of the garden because if they did, they would become like God. They surely would not die. Lies! Lies! Lies! Don’t listen to Satan. Submit to God.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. [KJV] Even though God and the devil are at war, we don’t have to wait until the end to see who will win. Satan has lost (Rev. 12:10-12), and when Christ returns, the devil and all he stands for will be eliminated forever (Rev. 20:10-15). But, Satan is here in today’s world and he tries desperately to win us over to his evil cause. But, with the Holy Spirit’s power, we can resist the devil, and he will flee from us.

How can we come near to God? James gives us five ways:

(1) Submit to God (James 4:7). Yield to His authority and will, commit your life to Him and His control, follow Him willingly and earnestly.
(2) Resist the devil (James 4:7). Don’t allow Satan to entice and tempt you.
(3) Wash your hands. . . and purify your hearts by leading a pure life (James 4:8). Replace your desire to sin with your desire to experience God’s purity.
(4) Grieve and mourn and wail in sincere sorrow for your sins (James 4:9). If you don’t express deep heartfelt sorrow for what you have done, you probably are not sorry and will do the same sin again.
(5) Humble yourself before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6).

To humble ourselves means that we recognize that any worth we have comes from God alone. To be humble means to realize we need His power, His wisdom and His guidance, and that we know we CANNOT do it alone. None of us deserve God’s favor, but He reaches out to us in love despite our shortcomings.

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. [KJV] Any one who refuses to submit to God, His righteousness and His power does not understand God’s way of making people right with Himself.

Instead, they try to find their own way of getting right with God. They refuse to go along with God’s one and only way.


Servanthood is a total commitment that involves a willingness to serve and honor God with your life.

Deut. 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, [KJV]

We must:

(1) Fear God; reverence Him for who He is and what He is capable of.
(2) Walk in all His ways by following Him and obeying Him.
(3) Love Him with your all, above anything and anyone else.
(4) Serve him with all your heart and soul by earnestly and willingly doing His will, NOT your own.
(5) Observe His commands. Far too often we complicate simple faith with man-made rules, regulations, and requirements.
(6) When we respect, reverence, trust, follow, love, serve, and obey Him, peace and joy will abound.

Follow Jesus’ humble example toward others by treating them better than yourself and helping to care for their needs.

Philip. 2:3-8 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. [4] Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. [5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: [6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: [8] And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. [KJV]

Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, think of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only of your own matters, show an interest in others and what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus. Imitate Jesus! Even though He was God, He did not demand His rights, even thought He could have. He humbled Himself to the position of a servant and appeared in human form. He obediently humbled Himself to the point of dying a criminal’s death on a cross.

Matthew 20:27-28 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: [28] Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. [KJV]

Jesus' idea of leadership is opposite from that of the world. Instead of using people, we are to serve them. Jesus’ mission was to serve others and to give His life for others. Jesus says a true leader has a servant’s heart. They appreciate others’ worth and are willing to perform any job. If you see something that needs to be done, don’t wait to be asked. Do it!

John 13:4-5 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. [5] After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. [KJV]

Jesus was the model Servant, and He showed His servant attitude to His disciples. Washing guests’ feet was a job for a household servant when guests arrived. But Jesus wrapped a towel around His waist, just like a lowly servant. He washed and dried His disciples’ feet. If He, God in the flesh, is willing to serve, we His followers must also be servants, willing to serve in any way that glorifies God. Are you willing to follow Christ’s example of serving? Is there someone you can serve today? There is a special blessing for those who not only agree that humble service is Christ’s way, but who also follow through and do it (John 13:17).

Peter did not understand Jesus’ teaching that to be a leader, a person must be a servant. This is not a Passage that sits well with leaders who find it hard to serve those beneath them. Jesus did not wash His disciples’ feet just to get them to be nice to each other. His goal was far greater. It was to extend His mission on Earth after He was gone. The disciples were to serve God, each other, and all people with whom they came into contact with. If we profess to be Jesus’ disciples today, we too must be willing to be servants. Jesus never asks us to do anything that He wouldn’t do. We are not better that Jesus. We must serve God and each other or we are not worthy of Him. See: What are Disciples?

Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. [KJV]

Jesus turned the world’s values topsy turvy. Consider the most powerful or well-known people in our world . . . how many got there by being humble and gentle? Not many, if any! But Jesus tells us in the life to come, the last will be first, IF they got in last place by following Jesus. Don’t forfeit eternal rewards for temporary benefits. If you are willing to make sacrifices now, you will receive greater rewards later. Don’t worry about people disapproving of you, know that you have God’s approval.

Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? [KJV]

Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. [KJV]

Unbelievers make choices as though this life were all they have. But, in reality, this life is just our introduction to eternity. God gives us this brief time on Earth to decide where we will spend eternity . . . Heaven OR Hell! What we accumulate on Earth will have NO value whatsoever in purchasing eternal life (Heaven). You do have an eternal soul. You shall live forever in one of two places. Evaluate all that happens from an eternal perspective, and you will find your values and decisions changing.

Many people spend all their time and energy seeking pleasure. Pleasure, position, possessions, or power will be utterly worthless in eternity. Anything you have on Earth is only temporary; it can NEVER be exchanged for your soul. You must be willing to make the pursuit of God more important than the selfish pursuit of pleasure? Follow Jesus, and you will know what it means to live abundantly now and to have eternal life as well.

Submission and servanthood are not possible without humility. We must get rid of all pride within us. Pride is of the devil!

Results of Humility: Results of Pride:

Humility leads to wisdom; Pride leads to disgrace Prov. 11:2
Humility takes advice; Pride produces quarrels Prov. 13:10
Humility leads to honor Prov. 15:33
Pride leads to punishment Prov. 16:5
Pride leads to destruction Prov. 16:18
Humility ends in honor; Pride ends in downfall Prov. 18:12
Humility brings one to honor; Pride brings one low Prov. 29:23

James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. [KJV]

The cure for evil desires is humility (see Proverbs 16:18-19; 1 Peter 5:5-6). Also see: . . . Being Humble in this topic . . . Also see brokenness in that article.

Pride makes us self-centered and makes us think that we deserve all we can see or touch. It gives us greedy appetites for far more than we need. The only way we can get rid of our self-centered desires is to humble ourselves before God. We must realize that all we really and truly need is God’s approval.

Only when the Holy Spirit fills us, can we then see that this world’s seductive attractions are only cheap substitutes for what God has to offer. Our human tendency toward envy and discontent is a natural thing. We CANNOT overcome it on our own! NO way! But, when we submit to God, giving Him control of our lives, the Holy Spirit takes over and helps us live a life that is pleasing to God. Things begin to change for the better.

To be a TRUE child of God (John 1:12-13), we must be submissive to God and we must be servants who willingly serve Him and those around us, no matter where we are, and no matter what race, culture or color people are.

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