Today is the last Sunday of the Easter season. We have been aligning ourselves with this season’s celebration of new life and a new way of life together by considering habits, practices or disciplines to incorporate into the upcoming week (based on “Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us” by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun).
The practice we are looking to guide us on this seventh Sunday of Easter is the spiritual practice of “Submission.” The desire behind this practice is “to have Jesus as the Master of my life in absolutely every way.” (Calhoun, p.135). For Christians in our spiritual tradition this practice fits nicely with our marking of Jesus’ Ascension and our worldview by which we stress vigorously that all of life and creation belongs to Jesus. As a theologian in our tradition famously stated, ‘There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!’ (A. Kuyper)
In Romans 12:1 Paul encourages his readers with these words: “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Philippians 2 as well beautifully describes Jesus in his own willingness become a servant. As people trying to learn and practice the discipline of submission, we engage in such things by seeking God’s will; allowing others to mentor, disciple, teach, correct and guide us; being a good follower; setting aside the need to be in charge and being an eager learner who is trainable and pliable. What greater gift can we give each other and God himself than to engage in mutual submission that is grounded in knowing Jesus is our Master and our friend! EGN