We have learned that it is our duty to fulfill the purpose of our existence, that is to follow God’s will, follow His words and His commandments.
But we cannot do it without submitting ourselves to God. If we want to serve God, then we must submit ourselves to Him.
As an example, Jesus Christ showed us a perfect submission to the will of God. He committed Himself by letting Himself suffer for us, even He had no sin at all, no fault at all. He had shown us a perfect example of submission to the will of the Father.
1 Peter 2:21-23, For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ” Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
Submitting one’s self means allowing ourselves to be used by God though His will. This means we no longer seek for ourselves but we seek on what the will of the Lord is.
But will the world submit themselves to God? Let’s face it, the world will not vow to God. This is the reason why it behaves the way it is.
People, instead of submitting to God, seek to satisfy themselves and their desires. Lucifer did this first, resulting a war with God. When Adam and Eve came, we saw that they too did not submit to God’s will, rather, they did what their hearts desire. “You may eat of all of the trees in the Garden”—there may have been hundreds of them—”but there is that one there of which I do not want you to eat.” Instead, they followed their own desire, taking from the very tree God said not to eat. This, of course, brought them into conflict with God!
When God created us, He gave us the freewill to do what our hearts desire. As a result, many inventions have been sought by people. Such inventions turn ourselves away from the will of God.
Ecc 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
As Christians, we are called to suppress the sins and lusts inside us. We all have desires, and there is nothing wrong with that. But it will be wrong if we do not suppress the lust which will lead us to a state of disobedience to the authority that God permits this world.
To this we were called, to submit to the will of God, which will include all of those people, beginning with Abel, who submitted to God rather than man. They did what they did for the same reason that we will do what we will do – we all see God ruling His creation and know our first priority in life is to submit to Him.
Pro 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
See, how dangerous it will be if we act according to our hearts and not of the will of God? Our hearts will lead us to death. Even if we think and feel that what we are doing is right, we should be careful and be sure that what we are doing is the true will of God. Otherwise, that is not total submission to the will of God.
Jesus Christ, setting an example as He manifest Himself in the flesh, committed Himself to Him who judges righteously. Exactly, Jesus wants us to learn that we will all be submitted and be judged for everything we did to the one and only true judge, God.
Does Jesus know that Pilate was wrong? How about Ananias? and the Sanhedrin? He knew all of them were wrong. But He was giving us an example that when He submitted to death and to the authority that was constituted by God in those men.
Jesus wants us to learn that there will be judgment.
Act 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecc 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
We will all be judged even if we submit ourselves to God or not.
Did we follow His will? His commandments? Or did we follow what our hearts and minds told us?