Text(s) for today: Jn. 13:3-17

“Submit yourselves… be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” 1 Pet. 5:5 – 6.

Jesus himself was submissive - He expects us to be same (Jn. 6:38 )

Some folks do not submit. They can never be rebuked: they never entertain correction. When you rebuke them for something wrong, they’ll go heaven and earth to justify themselves and nullify each concern raised. But as a child of God, you shouldn’t be that way.

In today’s devotional, the LORD admonishes us to ‘be clothed with humility.’

But what does it mean to  ’be clothed with humility‘?

When you meet someone, what is so obvious is the person’s cloth. That’s the first thing you see. The person can hide lots of things from you but can never hide his apparel. Humility is therefore the foremost virtue of every child of God. Our humility or submission should be so obvious to all and sundry, just like the clothes we wear.

To submit means ‘to subject to; that is to bring (oneself) under the control of another (person, authority or institution).’ It means what the person or authority says is what you do, irrespective of what you would have wanted or would have wished to do.

‘Submission’ is certainly a strong word, stronger than ‘obedience.’ Whereas obedience is merely following the commands of another person or authority, submission requires love, respect and a willing yield to another. For example, an employee may obey his boss for a myriad of reasons (which may include fear of losing his job) but may also disrespect and backbite the boss. Such an employee is only obeying, but one that submits would not only obey – he’ll accord his boss great love and respect.

Bible admonishes us to submit to some categories of people. Submission to them is then submission to God:

(1)   Spiritual leaders (that is your fellowship leader, Bishop, Pastor, etc) [1 Cor. 16:15 – 16; Heb. 13:17]

(2)   A wife should submit to her husband (note husbands are not supposed to submit to their wives; they are supposed to love them. Eph. 5:25) [Eph. 5:22 – 24; Col. 3:18]

According to 1 Peter 5:5-6, as we submit to God, a time will come when He will exalt (lift/promote) us.

Now you know these things; blessed are you when you practice them (Jn. 3:17)

Prayer & Confessions (pray out loudly)

Lord I’m so grateful for what you’ve taught me today. I pray that you help me walk in humility each second of my life: submitting to authorities you’ve blessed me with, and giving heed to rebukes/corrections from others, in Jesus’ matchless name. Amen.

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