What Is True Submission to God and How to Achieve Submission to God
What Is True Submission to God
What does true submission to God refer to? This is the truth concerning submission to God, which people must understand. If people fail to understand it, they will find it hard to enter into it. It is not an easy task to achieve true submission to God. There is no transaction or intention in true submission. You do not submit to God in order to obtain blessings and benefits, or to solicit good fortune and blessings from God. You don’t do so according to your notions or imaginations. Rather, you submit to God unconditionally and absolutely, with no reason involved. You regard submission to God as your bounden duty, as Heaven’s law and earth’s principle. Only such submission is considered true. God will not approve of the submission with even the slightest human adulteration. Some people were captured by the great red dragon and summarily executed for serving God. They devoted their lives to please God when threatened by the great red dragon. They’d rather die than betray God. Is this submission unto death? Yes, it is. When their lives are threatened they choose to submit to God even though it could cost them their lives. This is true submission. Such submission involves no conditions, only sacrifices. You seek to please God even if it costs you your life. Therefore God regards such people who submit to Him in this manner as ones who are truly faithful to Him. Those who submit to God are faithful to Him. If a person is faithful to God, they make no demands. Some follow their moods when it comes to submission. They say, “I submit to God when I am in a good mood and happy. I don’t when I am in a bad mood.” And they say, “God gives me plenty of blessings during this time and I experience God’s love, so I submit to Him. I will not do so if I do not experience God’s love or His grace.” Do such people really submit themselves to God? No, they don’t. If Satan made a bet with God that such people would fail a test of faith, they would definitely fail. Satan could accuse them in front of God, saying: “These people do not submit to You. If You don’t believe me, take back Your grace from them and leave them alone. Then they surely will not submit to You.” Such people are seen through by Satan, so they never present witness in trials. Those who truly submit themselves to God can withstand trials, which serve to reveal and test them. Satan dares not to accuse them, and they are commended by God. Such are people who truly submit themselves to God. Nowadays, there are many who practice only a little submission, superficial submission, or do so in exchange for blessings. Submission in such a manner shows that they are submission under special circumstances. Such people do not submit themselves to God, but in fact they rebel against God and resist Him. They do not submit to God unless their intended purposes, lavish desires, and various wishes are met. Is this rebelling against God? Is it resisting God? What does it suggest if you can rebel against God and resist Him? It suggests nothing less than your rebellious nature and essence. Those who rebel against God by nature will rebel against God for any reason they like or whenever they are a little bit dissatisfied. While ninety-nine percent of the time God satisfies their needs, they will complain against Him if they feel dissatisfaction just one percent of the time. This suggests that they rebel against God by nature. Therefore, practicing a little submission does not necessarily mean that they submit themselves to God. If that’s the case, what sort of submission can people practice that is considered true submission to God? First, making no deal with God. I believe in God because I am His creature. I practice the truth because I want to meet the requirements of the Creator, to live out the true image and likeness of a person and become a genuine human, without transaction or other objectives. This is submission with right intention, with no adulteration whatsoever. Second, performing duty faithfully. God has entrusted me and I am His creature. Since I am exalted and loved by the Creator and have the opportunity to perform my duty, I must remain faithful and submit to God to the end in order to repay God’s love. Such intention is entirely correct. People who have right intentions, have ideas and thoughts that are consistent with God’s will as well as with human conscience and reason are those who truly submit to God. Those who truly submit to God do so without conditions or their own intentions. They do so only to live as humans, to please the Creator, and to repay God’s love without any added adulteration. Those who have such views and thoughts are considered righteous people. Such people are rare among the mass of humanity, and they are hard to find. Justice and a spirit of righteousness are found in them, which serve as their code of conduct. They embody the spirit of righteousness and justice, and people are moved by what they say. If a person always pursues the truth, and truly comprehends what it means to be a human and what kind of people they should become, they would all be able to talk in the same way and they would be considered a true human.
One Must See Clearly the Four Forms of False Submission
When people do not have true submission to God, they largely exhibit the following characteristics. First, submission which conforms to human notions and imaginings. Such submission is common among most people. They submit to God as long as it conforms to their own notions and imaginings. This kind of submission is easy to practice. Second, submission accompanied by conditions and attempted exchanges. “God, I will submit to You if You bless me, offer me grace, and find solutions for my problems.” This kind of submission is found in nearly all who believe in God. Third, they say: “I will submit myself all to God and do what I am asked to do if God’s house exalts me, puts me in an important position, grants me status.” This kind of submission is found among most people. Fourth, submission motivated by the work of the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit is at work as people sing hymns and pray, they are moved, and they will love God and submit to Him for a moment. This is brought about by the work of the Holy Spirit. However, when the Holy Spirit is not at work, they do not submit themselves to God. One’s submission motivated by the work of the Holy Spirit does not suggest that they have the reality of the truth. All people generally practice these four kinds of submission, but it does not mean that they have true submission to God. We see many people give up things for God, such as abandoning their families and quitting their jobs in order to expend for God. However, they do not submit to God and begin to complain when God’s house prunes and deals with them. What does this suggest? It suggests that while people are willing to give up things, they might not truly submit to God. People are willing to serve God, be leaders, and perform their duties. But they will complain and rebel against God when God’s house takes away their status. Does this suggest that they have submission? People are moved to tears and able to feel the loveliness of God when the Holy Spirit is at work. On the other hand, they are not able to practice the truth when the Holy Spirit is not at work. Does this suggest that they have true submission? People will submit as long as God’s actions conform to their notions and imaginings. Otherwise, people will begin to act rebelliously and show disbelief. Does this suggest that people have submission? Therefore, these four kinds of submission are false submission, outward submission. They are not true submission and they never last long. They are all practiced under special circumstances, as opposed to submission that is motivated by their conscience and reason when they possess the truth. They are not true submission to God, which comes from your heart. The fact that people only practice these four kinds of false submission suggests that they have not yet gotten hold of the truth, or that they do not truly know God. Such people are still at risk of rebelling against God. Therefore, when you feel that you have somewhat submitted yourself to God, keep in mind that your life disposition has not yet changed to any practical degree. You’ve only appeared to submit, which is a false appearance and cannot be trusted. Some abandon their families and give up everything to follow and serve God, or even give up their lives to serve God. They think they have submitted themselves to God and remained faithful to God. Does this make sense to you? No. If people have not truly known God, they are easily confused by these false appearances. If they do not see through them, that’s because they do not hold the truth and lack discernment.
Characteristics of True Submission
True submission exhibits the following characteristics. First, you feel clarity and certainty in your heart that your submission conforms to God’s will, and you are able to consciously and steadfastly practice it. Such is the truest submission. In other words, you practice the truth in a true and normal way. True submission is practiced on the basis of people’s understanding of the truth and their confidence that their doing so will meet God’s demands and be after God’s heart, so they are glad to submit themselves to God without restraint whatsoever. This is true submission. Second, you feel certainty in your heart. In other words, God’s words have stated explicitly that it is what God demands people to have. Under such circumstances, people sense that practicing submission to God and pleasing God is their bounden duty, which is perfectly justified. It is a duty which a God-made creature must perform. This is true submission. Third, you feel obliged to carry out a certain task in a particular way after being moved, enlightened, and guided by the Holy Spirit. Although you have not fully understood why it should be carried out this way, you are certain that it comes from the Holy Spirit. This, too, is true submission. The best example of submission is that one must satisfy God by standing witness during trials. Under such circumstances, one must pay a big price or even give up everything, including his own life, to stand witness. This is an exceptional example of submission, and is also the most difficult. For example, Peter was crucified upside down in order to satisfy God. This is submission unto death. It is the witness of submission unto death. Such submission cannot possibly be practiced by those who do not have true knowledge of God or love for Him in their hearts. Those who understand the truth and know God are able to practice it. “Let God do whatever He wishes. I will satisfy God even if it means I lose my life.” This is submission of the highest standard. In addition to this kind of submission, there is one that is practiced under a special circumstance, that is, when God’s actions do not conform to people’s notions or are unbelievable and beyond comprehension to them. It is the most difficult situation for people to submit to God. Those who do not fear God or have not understood many truths will generally betray God. That is to say, the kind of submission which is the most difficult to practice is to submit themselves to God when God’s actions do not conform a bit to people’s notions or imaginings, to the extent that they may lead people to produce notions, judge Him or rebel against Him. Whether people will have submission at such times all depends on whether or not they sincerely love God and hold the truth.
Patterns of True Submission to God
True submission to God exhibits the following patterns. The first kind of submission pertains to the practice of the truth in everyday life. This means that you know how to practice the truth in a given situation. This is the most common and fundamental way you can submit to God. You must be able to practice the truth in your everyday life. You must be able to act honestly when you’re needed to be an honest person, devote loyalty when you’re needed to, eat and drink God’s words when you’re needed to. You must be able to perform your duty when you’re needed to perform your duty to satisfy God. In situations that call for believers to stand witness, you must be able to devote loyalty and pay a price willingly. This is the truth you should practice and the submission you should possess in everyday life. This is the submission under normal circumstances. You have no stature if you don’t submit like this. Some say, “I promise I’ll stand witness when trials come along.” Tell me, if someone does not practice the truth in everyday life, could he stand witness when trials befall him? No, he couldn’t. Being able to stand witness in times of trials is only possible if you practice the truth in everyday life. If you cannot practice the truth in trivial matters, how can you do so in serious matters? If you cannot meet God’s general demands, how can you expect to meet His special demands? It is not possible. Therefore, it is rather critical that you must first practice the truth and God’s words in all matters of everyday life in order to practice submission. You must enter into the truth little by little in your everyday life. You should practice the truth to different situations as each day presents itself. Once you can practice the truth in many different situations, you will eventually find that you can practice the truth in all situations, and then God’ words will become your reality. When people do not comprehend the truth, they do not think there is an opportunity to practice God’s words in a given day. They have no idea which situations to practice the truth. It seems as if nothing is worth their effort to practice God’s words. What is their problem? It is due to their lack of stature. … One day, when you find that in all matters you encounter in your everyday life, there is the truth to practice and that you can find many things that will need you to practice the truth, then your stature will have matured. Have you gotten this far in terms of your stature? Can you tell me how many truths you should practice in one day? To achieve absolute submission to God, you should start with your practice of the truth in every situation. If you have no idea about how to practice the truth in all matters you encounter in your daily life, then you have no reality and no entry in submission to God at all. There are plenty in your daily life that you should practice the truth. First, you should speak honestly to all. This is practicing the truth, right? Second, when carrying out your daily business with others, you should not deceive them but practice to be an honest person. Third, when asking others for a favor, do not play tricks on them or harbor any personal intentions and objectives. This is the truth that should be put into practice, right? Fourth, fulfill your responsibility when dealing with others, your relatives, and brothers and sisters in the church. You should offer love, help, service, tolerance, and endurance, etc. These are what you should practice. In addition, if you are performing a duty in the church, or you are a leader or worker, are you able to be faithful to God in your duty? Will you follow as the Holy Spirit guides you? Will you be able to satisfy God? Should you practice the truth in these matters? Should you seek the truth? All these are what people ought to enter into. Also, you should practice submission to God and practice the truth in whatever matters, crises, or disasters occurring in your family. When your unbelieving family members threaten or persecute you, you should seek the truth and know how to respond in order to submit to God. You should seek the truth especially when Satan tempts you. So you see, in all matters you encounter each day in your everyday life, there are the truths for you to seek and practice and the reality for you to enter into. These patterns of practice of the truth are the most fundamental lessons for you to practice submission. For example, how would you respond when someone judges you? How do you practice the truth? How do you understand such a matter? Is there truth to be sought? If you are not one seeking the truth, you will respond in this way: “You judge me, so I’m going to scold you and retaliate physically and verbally. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” This is the typical behavior of an unbeliever. We, on the other hand, believe in God and should seek the truth, and find out what is a more appropriate practice so as to be after God’s heart and show that we have humanity. There is the truth to be sought in this kind of situation. It is evident that when we are able to seek the truth and seek to practice the truth and satisfy God in all matters we encounter in our daily lives, we are truly submitting ourselves to God. This shows our true submission to God. The second kind of submission pertains to your submitting to God’s demands so as to satisfy Him. Some of God’s demands are found in His words, while others are special demands and special matters which He entrusts to us. Some pertain to standing witness in times of trials. Some pertain to finding out whether you are faithful to God or Satan, or to the flesh in a given situation. Those who can practice submission and meet God’s demands will often need to choose their paths. The time when God makes demands of people is also the time when He tests their work and reveals their stature. If they truly submit during this time, it means that they practice true submission to God. The third kind of submission pertains to your ability to stand witness in times of major trials. The real inspection and testing of people’s work is conducted when major trials occur. If you completely fail the testing or rebel against God during a major trial, your fate will be sealed, and you will be completely eliminated. Therefore, those who can stand witness when major trials arrive are the ones who truly submit to God. We see many who often measure God’s work according to their own notions. When they find God’s actions at odds with their own notions, imaginings, or preferences, they will fail to submit. Some will even complain, judge, or resist God. What does this suggest? It suggests that people do not truly submit to God. They are able to submit to God as long as it conforms to their own notions. However, that doesn’t mean they truly and absolutely submit to God. If people find differences with their own notions and imaginings, or even find the matter inconceivable, and yet are able to submit to God, then they are the ones who truly submit to Him. When the Lord Jesus was crucified, those who called Him Lord earlier all abandoned Him and ran away. They thought, “If Jesus was Lord, could He be crucified? Could He die in such a humiliating manner?” Therefore, they suspected that Jesus was not the Lord and betrayed Him. Those who still called Jesus Lord after He was crucified were the ones who knew the Lord Jesus and truly followed Him. Many people find it easy to praise and exalt God when God attains glory. But they are quick to forsake and deny God when He is slandered, ridiculed, and attacked by the majority. They are unwilling to suffer with Him, as if doing so would bring humiliation to them. Would you say such people are faithful to God and that they submit to Him? What situation best illustrates whether a person truly submits to God? It is during the times when God is ridiculed, slandered, and attacked by the majority. Someone who firmly follows God and serves Him at such times is the one who truly submits himself to God, is of the same mind as God, and is worthy to be called an intimate friend of God. Such pertains to the entry of submission to God, which is a truth of critical importance. It is at the most critical moment that people are revealed whether or not they truly submit to God, and whether they submit to God or to Satan. Therefore, the lesson of submission to God will be deeper, more practical and real as you enter into it. Concerning submission, some people focus only on talk of empty doctrines which serve no purpose. We must focus on reality.