“The Christian is the freest of all masters, and is subject to no one; the Christian is the most submissive of all servants, and he is subject to everyone.”-Teresa de Ávila
The purpose of the disciplines is freedom. Our real goal is freedom. The moment we make discipline our central focus, it becomes a law and we lose our freedom.
Submission gives us the freedom to surrender a terrible burden of always needing to do things our own way. The obsession with wanting things to be our way is one of the greatest slavery of our society.
Life won't end if this or that doesn't go my way or doesn't happen.
In the bible submission focuses on the idea in the way we see other people. It not only brings the idea of hierarchy, but communicates to us an inner attitude of mutual subordination.
The issue is within us. In submission we are free to value other people. Your dreams and your plans become important to us. We have entered a new freedom - the freedom to give up our own rights for the good of others.
"And calling the multitude to him, with his disciples, he said to them, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Mark 8:34
Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, but not hate ourselves. Our happiness does not depend on getting what we want, but on what fulfills us completely.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39
It means keeping the interests of others above our own.
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If any man will be first, he shall be last, and servant of all." Mark 9:35
Each one looks out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Let your attitude be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who, though being God, did not consider that being equal with God was something to which he ought to cling; but he emptied himself, becoming a servant, being made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:4-7
Submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:21
Here are some acts of submission:
1) To the Triune God: “As you wish, what you wish, whenever you wish” (Thomas de Kempis) - We submit ourselves body and soul for the divine purposes.
2) The Bible - We surrender to hear, to receive and to obey the Word of God.
3) Our family - “Let not each one look to what is his own, but each one also to what belongs to others” Philippians 2:4
4) Our neighbors and people we meet - living out the simple kindness before them. If they are in need, we help. We perform small acts of kindness in our society. - No task is too small, too insignificant, because each of them is an opportunity to live submission.
5) The church - there is always an invitation to serve each other in our community. We can't do everything, but we can do some things.
6) To the despised of society - our responsibility is to be among them, we must find ways to truly identify with the oppressed, the rejected.
7) To the world - our environmental responsibility, or lack of it, affects not only people around the world but also generations yet to be born.
Category: Spiritual Disciplines
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