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Series: The Divine Pursuit - A Study of Jonah
Week 3: Surrender - Day 3
“SUBMIT YOURSELVES, THEN, TO GOD.” —JAMES 4:7
“Check this out!” exclaimed my husband, holding up an opened book for me to examine. “Old names are in! How about we name him George?” I waddled over, my fifth- trimester (looking) belly squeezed into too-small shorts. Our first baby—a boy—was expected in October, and we were very busy getting ready— attending showers, opening gifts, and of course, trying to name this unknown member of our family.
One of our favorite activities was reading baby books in Barnes and Noble. We’d get a cup of coffee and head over to the baby book aisle, where we scanned such titles as the “Everything Baby Names Book”, “The Baby Name Wizard”, “Cool Baby Names”, and the “Best Ever Christian Baby Name Book.”
We would plop (oh, that’s me and my belly again) down on a couch and scan through thousands of names. My favorite was a little book that had lots of crazy lists, like “overachieving names” “presidential names” and “Names no one is cool enough for.” On the last list, we found two familiar titles: Georgina, Dave’s great- grandmother’s name, and Eunice, which sounds exactly like our last name. We laughed for days about the baggage we could strap on a little girl named Eunice Georgina Unice, possibly the most un-cool name ever created.
Words are powerful. They summon images and emotions. And when it comes to the modern independent woman, I can’t think of a more un-cool word than “submission.” The connotation of this word seems to align with suppression, or better, oppression. We think of foot-thick glass ceilings that don’t allow us to fully express our many talents. We think of good ol boys clubs. We think of being told who we are allowed to be, how we must act, the way we must dress, and how to speak.
But I think there’s more to it than that. Jesus told his followers that “whoever loves their life must lose it.” He said any who would follow him would have to“deny themselves.”The apostle Paul says “we have been crucified with Christ.” An essential of belief in Jesus is based in the concept of submission. Submitting to God is a way to choose life, a good life. One worth living and worth working hard for.
Let’s take a closer look at the why of submission to God today, as we join Jonah in the whale.
Submit: verb (used with object): to give over or yield to the power or authority of another; To subject to some kind of treatment or influence.
What do you regularly submit yourself to?
Here’s the list I made: