The overarching theme of our lives is submission to the will of God. Immediately this brings to mind Islam and the influence of radical submission which is their premise. Yet each Christian believer is called to radical submission to the will of Jesus as well. This is not just the arena of radical Muslims but of radical Christianity. Recently I was studying and was called to give my life to Christ once again. I was just reading a book minding my own business when the request from the Lord came. I immediately responded affirmatively and gave my path, way, and direction to Jesus. In the moment it almost felt like I was not saved, the request was so strong. Internally I thought, “Dear Lord! Was I not saved?! Why would you ask such a thing of me? Of COURSE I will give you my future and do your will!” Yet there was a clear ask and a clear submission on my part. I am going someplace I have not dreamt of, a place that does not occur in the natural. I am going to a place of radical submission to the will of Yahweh. It is not my will but his be done. My life is left to the tender mercy of my Lord Jesus and I have laid it all down to follow my Christ. I will be radical in my submission. I will go where I never thought I could go. I will do what I do not want to do. I will submit myself to the will of Jesus because he has called me to not just take up my cross but to go where I cannot go alone or by myself. He stands with me and shepherds me on the way.
There was a time where I had concrete dreams and visions of my future. I dreamt of how I would get there and every path was a radically different way. It was a normal way. It was a way without vision or insight. I was lacking in both my foresight and belief in myself. I only knew what I knew and could not know what I did not. All I could do is hear Jesus about my path and way. I followed it each step until the path no longer was contained in the visions and dreams my former self had. I saw a world that was more complex, beautiful, and compelling in intimacy. I saw a world I could believe in, a work that compelled me, and a belief I could carry all the days of my life. See Jesus knew what I could not possibly know about my future. He ordered and ordained each step along the way. At every turn and intersection I sought the Lord and found the next step, but not the next steps along the way. I found only enough to get me through.
I believe Jesus is calling us all to step where he tells us to step. It is radical submission to go someplace a person never dreamt of stepping. It takes a radical faith to follow the man who went to the cross when all of his disciples ran away in horror at the plan of the Lord. The disciples had complete incomprehension of the plans of God yet the radicalness of the plan brought about eternal life, salvation, and right standing with God and man. There was a provision and an outcome that was completely unseen that blindsided those who followed Jesus. Yet through radical obedience Jesus went to die that he might live. We are called to die in the same radical way. It is a blind faith at times which looks like no other journey we have ever known. Jesus had no assurance other than submission and faith that he would rise again. He had never been resurrected before. He only felt what was happening in the moment.
Today there is a radicalness that can be found in the Gospel Message. It is a message of hope and salvation in the midst of trials, tribulations, and the unknown and unseen. It is the resurrection life and power of Jesus to enter one’s circumstance and provide in completely untold ways. Today I invite you into a place of blessed assurance of one’s journey. As radical as it has been, as safe as you have found it, we are all called to lose control and submit to Jesus at times. As he has asked me to journey into the unknown and submit myself to his will I ask you to journey with me and submit yourselves to the unknown. Perhaps we will find new paths to begin on. Perhaps we have already found the path we are just waiting for it to be known. I bless you on your journey to love the Lord fully, submit ourselves to him, and have trust that he leads us on the way. God’s blessings on you my friends. In the Name of the Lord, Amen.
John 12:23-28 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!”