Part of the A Life Of Love series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Introduction. Submission. Perspective.
Was originally called "The power of submission", now called "The Power of Perspective".
Dictionary meaning of submission: the action of accepting or yielding to a superior force, or to the will of another person. Understand a godly, kingdom perspective.
How submission is seen in the world - an example. The power of submission can be one of the greatest gifts, and can bring peace to our lives.
1 Peter 2:13-17. Submit to every authority. For the Lord's sake. We don't submit to one another because it's a good idea, but God tells us to do this!
vs 16 - live as free people. Love the family of believers. Submission is a way of loving and serving each other. Not a weak thing, as the world sees it. From a kingdom perspective, it's a strong position. Best example is the life of Jesus. Jesus came to serve the world, to give himself as a sacrifice. TD Jakes Video. "Jesus is waiting for the church on the floor". We all have thoughts "I could do that better, I want the recognition". What Jesus did (John 13) was an act of humility and love. He didn't do that because he felt like it, but to set an example to us. Not just Jesus getting on the floor washing feet, but that we all need to follow his example and serve one another. Not just in the house, but in our community. In order to do that we need to get a new perspective, a kingdom perspective.
Sheldon spoke about perspective. Alan Strudwick. All different people have different perspective of us. eg Mum, Brother, Work Colleagues, Elton, Pete - all have a different perspective of me. Story of visiting church. Look from a kingdom perspective - see each other through God's eyes. Do this by serving God and serving one another. Ps Clinton challenged us to invite someone to dinner that you don't know well, part of getting to know one another. Serve one another, no matter what it looks like. All so we can submit to a vision so we can serve together an impact the community. We don't go out there with our own eyes, but God's eyes.
Romans 12:1-21. vs 1 Offer your bodies as living sacrifice.
vs 2. Don't conform to the pattern of this world. Renew our mind and look from God's perspective. Takes a strong person to serve in any way sacrificing yourself fully to God.
vs 3 All part of one body. All have different gifts. Doesn't matter what form it comes in, it's all about serving this house.
Pete's Song "Open your eyes"
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. The words in the song "Open our eyes to the broken, to see like You see." So this is just about looking at things through a kingdom perspective. Doesn't mean that when you submit you are a weak person, but to submit and serve each other is an act of love and humility.
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1 Peter 2:13-17
13Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (KJV)
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; 11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. (KJV)