Submission (Submit to God’s will)
Read: Matthew 6:10
Today we’re focusing on the central verse from Pastor Jeff’s sermon this past Sunday. “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” While many of us may know what this verse says, do we really know what it means? What do you think it means to live a “Your will be done” life?
When we wake up in our everyday lives with food in the pantry, clothes in the closet and a roof over our heads, it can be easy to identify with a “Your will be done” mentality. Why? Because it’s easy. It’s comfortable. It doesn’t cost us anything. We say, “Of course this is God’s will for my life. Everything is great!”
But what happens when things aren’t great? What happens when your family goes through an unforeseen tragedy? What happens when God calls you away from your career path into the unknown? What if God asks for a far greater sacrifice than you were willing to give?
John Wesley, the great Methodist evangelist, had a firm grip on the “Your will be done” attitude. He was no stranger to sacrifice. For all his life, Wesley committed himself to following God’s will for his life instead of his own. In his “Covenant Prayer,” he shows us how we can have a “God’s will” instead of a “my will” perspective. In every circumstance, in every situation, we can trust God. He has a plan for our lives, and even if that plan doesn’t look like what we’d like it to, we can be confident that His will is greater and more perfect than ours could ever be.
Pray: Take some time today to pray the words of Wesley’s “Covenant Prayer” to the Lord, submitting every situation to Him today.
I am no longer my own, but Thine.
Put me to what Thou wilt, rank me with whom Thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for Thee or laid aside for Thee,
Exalted for Thee or brought low for Thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to Thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Thou art mine, and I am Thine.
So be it.