The Bible is the Living Word. We read it one time and years later read the same thing and see something new.
God is worthy of our love. It was our sins that put Jesus on the cross. ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.’ (John 3:16)
Submission and love go hand in hand.
Repentance and Baptism is simple obedience. You see it and repent, you get baptized. It’s really obedience. Many people go through those steps. Countless people have gone to an altar and repented. But, they’ve never gotten the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is so much more than obedience. It’s really submission. It’s a surrender, totally, to God.
You can submit yourself to somebody and not love them. There’s obedience and submission, but there’s more. There’s love. Holy Ghost is submission and holiness is love. It’s wanting to do for and please God.
Getting the Holy Ghost doesn’t mean you’ve arrived. It’s enduring until the end.
We are the bride of Christ. God commanded men to love their wives and God commanded wives to submit to their husbands. It’s natural for a man to go to war for another, it’s natural for men to submit, but there is a struggle for men to love. Women naturally love, but it’s not natural for a woman to submit.
As natural as it is for us to love Jesus as the Bride of Christ, how natural is it for us to submit?
Cats and dogs. Cats say to their people, ‘You exist to serve me.’ Dogs say, ‘I exist to serve you.’ Sometimes our relationship to God is a cat rather than a dog. How much do you love your Master?
Deut 15:12-17 “And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day. And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee; Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.”
That slave didn’t want to leave his Master because he loved Him. Do we let Him symbolically take that aul and thrust through our ears? We don’t have to live for God, but we are so blessed when we do.
Let’s be challenged to find that place of surrender, of commitment, to, like this slave, choose not to leave the Master because of our love for Him. I want to stay in Your Presence, Lord. I don’t want to leave You.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Vernon McCoy
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.