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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