Confession

Aaron Stephens

Confession

There is no more impactful decision than placing our faith in Jesus Christ. By accepting Jesus as King, there’s so much power in actively following Jesus. In an instant our destiny changes forever. We pass from death to life, temporal to the eternal, and the natural to the supernatural.  Sadly, there can be times when we view this decision as more a check box or just an add on to an already pretty good life. We get our “ticket” punched to heaven, we have Jesus on our side and we think that there is no way things won’t fall into place. We join his team and we become unstoppable. 

This mindset will only last for a while and eventually we find ourselves burnt out, frustrated and asking why we aren’t seeing the abundance in our lives that we read in the Bible. So…what do we do? We try harder and harder. We force things. We manipulate situations and people. How do I know? I’ve been there, and more times than I’d like to admit. The solution is easy but not simple, and one day I was reading in Hebrews and the answer hit me…hard. 

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Hebrews 5:7

The last word holds the key – submission. 

Submission to God is the answer and the reality is that it always is and will always be for every situation we face. 

Now if you’re asking how that plays out in everyday life look to John 5:19 and this is a quote from Jesus himself. “I tell you the truth, I can do nothing by myself, I only do what I see the Father doing.  Whatever the Father does, I also do.” John 5:19

That’s what submission is to Jesus. Notice the verbiage he uses: nothing, only and whatever. It leaves no question. It’s this that made him the best leader, friend, brother, son, pastor, mentor, etc. that has ever lived. Remember what I said earlier, simple but not easy. 

The simplicity is just do what the Father is telling you to do. 

However, we all know how hard that can be and submission does not guarantee an easy life and the Bible never promises that. The reality is that a submitted life can be tough…really tough. It can mean giving up people, dreams and things that are near and dear to us that the Lord is asking us to leave behind for greater purposes. It can mean building a modern day ark and having everyone laugh at you. It can mean giving up that dream job not because it makes sense but because God is asking you to. What about having to break up with that person that is causing you to stumble or those friends that take you down the wrong path? It’s not going to be easy but I will tell you it will be what’s best. In Corinthians it says that “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”. 

This is because when we submit to a God that is all knowing, all loving and who is always good the best is all that can happen. 

It’s about yielding to His Kingship. It’s one thing to accept Him as King but a whole other thing to submit to it. Seeing and recognizing a king is much different than being in his royal court as a loyal subject. It’s far too common to just recognize Him as king and thus missing out on so much more that he has for us.

Submission is what made Jesus who he was and it was that discipline that he perfected.  

A submitted life to Christ is the adventure that each one of us was created for. We need to stop settling for small lives just waiting for heaven and let’s start living lives as large as our God that brings heaven to the world around us. Let’s not allow ourselves to be saved from eternal death yet live a defeated life while waiting for heaven to come. 

Heaven has come and his name is Jesus and when we submit to him we can’t help but become more like him and when that happens everything and everyone around us changes.