‘’And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the gentiles by his ministry’’ Acts21:19.
The more I think of the word submission, the more I feel impressed in my spirit to lay a little more emphasis on it. Submission is a word that is fast disappearing from the church. I see a rise of an independent spirit today across all age groups. I think technology has made us feel “self-sufficient”. Today, rather than ask a friend a question, you are quick to turn to the internet to “google it”. In fact, some people have taken it to another dimension that when they feel certain symptoms in their bodies, rather than consult a doctor, they consult the internet. Man is gradually tending towards isolation. But beloved, it is a strategy of the devil to kill you. His age-long strategy has not changed – isolate and kill. Don’t fall for it.
The reason why God has planted people in your life is to help you. Like the words of the song “I need you, you need me, we are all parts of one body. So stand with me and agree with me ..” All of that sounds to me like a call to appreciate each other, submit to each other and help each other. Thank God for technology, but technology cannot replace the role of your brother, sister or Pastor in your life.
Can you imagine Apostle Paul that penned more than half of the New Testament going back to the Apostles to give a “Ministry report”? Today, everyone is going independent. Churches are springing up with jet speed. While I am not against churches springing up, the question is who is the authority figure over your life. Paul did not just jump off because he had an encounter with God. He stayed with the Apostles until God said to them “Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them” (Acts 13:2). No matter how strong you feel about a move, submit it to the authorities God has placed over you and you cannot miss it. Submission is not a sign of weakness.
Further Reading: Acts 21:15-26
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Micah 6-7; Evening- Revelation 13