Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
Here James shares the secret of a powerful life. Submit to God!
When Jesus asks those of us who become His students to follow Him – submit to His will – we should understand this is something He has already done.
He submitted to the will of His heavenly Father in all things. And because He humbled Himself – even to death on a cross – the Father lifted Him to the highest place. He rose from the dead and rules from heaven!
Submission is the secret to Jesus’ powerful life and James would have us know submitting to God is also our path to an exalted life!
James mentions three areas where submission is vital and shows how failing to submit leads to frustration of purpose.
Think about how our pride can work against us in each of these areas of life. Also, Consider how humility can create greater harmony and happiness.
A humble and submissive attitude creates peace in all our relationships at work and at home. Pride causes contention. And frustration because ultimately we need the cooperation of others to accomplish almost anything.
James indicates our prayers will be answered when we stop asking for what we selfishly desire and humbly seek God’s will for our lives.
Finally, submitting to God’s will leads us away from the destructive power of sin to the better will of God for our lives – God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Students of Jesus will make great progress in becoming more like Jesus when they learn the power in submission. It leads to the highest and the best!