For several months I have looked at this idea that God is:
- He wants to be our Master
- He wants us to live on Mission
In this particular post we will look at the idea that if He is Master, then we will submit to all authority He gives us, even if it means enduring suffering. 1 Peter 2 tells us that all authority is given by God, and we are to submit to that authority, even if it means suffering. Why? We follow the example Jesus set when we do this.
Take a look at 1 Peter 2:13-24.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Best I can tell we are to submit to all authority, unless that authority asks us to go against God and His Scripture (See Daniel 3).
Jesus can use submission to harsh authority in our lives to conform us into the image of God. This is what Romans 8 teaches. Suffering can conform us into His image, if we let God use it in our lives to do so.
I believe that God has used circumstances like that in my own life, and I believe He used circumstances like that in the life of David. I believe with all my heart that as David suffered at the hands of Saul, God was helping David be molded into His Image. Only if David looked more like God could he lead God’s Nation (Israel) the way they needed to be led. This required David to submit to Saul and entrust Himself to the Lord.
We can only do this if God is Master of our lives. I let Him be Master because He is Majestic, Sovereign, and in complete control of all (even the suffering I walk through). I let Him be Master because He rescued me from hell, and He rescued me from myself. He is Messiah! That rescue didn’t stop the moment I said “yes” to Him. He continues to be my Messiah. Sometimes He puts me in rough circumstances and rescues me. Sometimes He puts me in rough circumstances and allows me to endure them, but this is still rescue! How? His rescue of me is letting that circumstance cut away the stuff in my heart that is not yielded to Him. To let Him cut that stuff away, I must see Him as Majestic. I must let Him be my Messiah. I must give Him complete control and say He is Master!
You can click on the link below to listen to a recent sermon I did teaching/preaching about these very things. May He be Master of my life! May He be Master of yours!