I’m going to do something a bit different for today’s post. I’m interrupting our study of Proverbs, because I’ve been asked to do a post on the subject of accepting correction and submitting; so here it is.
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God (Rom. 13:1).”
“Obey your leaders and submit yourselves to their authority. They watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work may be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. (Hebrews 13:17).”
“Submit yourselves for the LORD’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who were sent by Him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right (1 Pet. 2:13-14).”
First I will talk about acceptance, or accepting. Having been mentioned 75 times in the Bible, acceptance is defined as: The act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory. So, in the Bible, what do you accept? First and most of all, you accept hardships for God. You accept criticism for believing in Christ. But, you also accept correction and instructions from the LORD. You also accept correction from your parents. But, how do you accept something? Most people would think by doing it. That’s not entirely accurate, though, as you can do it without having an entirely good attitude about it. You can be sitting down on the outside, but standing up on the inside, meaning, your parents tell you to do something, but you do just the opposite – in your heart. You may clean your room, but in your heart, you’re grumbling and complaining and you are not accepting their correction.
So, how do you truly accept something? Well, you sit down on the outside and the inside. You obey whole-heartedly and without question. You can challenge your parents or other authorities by asking, “Why? Why do I have to put my shoes on? Where are we going?” This is challenging them. You don’t have to say, “I’m not putting on my shoes until you tell me where we’re going” in order to challenge them; it’s challenging either way. So you shouldn’t challenge your parental authorities, or any other authority. If you’re in a VBS or a day care program, and the teacher tells you to do something, don’t stand there and put your hands on your hips in open defiance. You probably wouldn’t; you’d be old enough to not do that (hopefully). But there’s such a thing as hidden defiance. It’s standing up on the inside; defying them without their knowing. Let me tell you, though, they know when they’re being challenged or disobeyed. I don’t know how they do that, but especially mothers are good at that.
So, that’s how you can and can’t accept correction. But, there’s a step that comes before acceptance. It’s called submission. Take a look at the submission verses listed at the beginning of this post. Submission is mentioned 25 times in the Bible, and it is the act of yielding to governance or authority. Why is submission crucial to acceptance? Well, the definition of submit, acceptance, and accept are:
Submit: to yield to governance or authority.
Acceptance: The act of assenting or believing: acceptance of a theory
Accept: To receive willingly <accept a gift>
Here you have it. You need to yield to your authority before you can accept their commands and receive them willingly. Then, you fulfill the commands with an understanding and hard-working mindset and heart, and you’re good to go! Now, here’s where you and I come in: 1. Has this helped you? 2. Has this shown you anything about yourself that you want changed? 3. What are those things (if any)? 4. Do you have any questions? 5. Have you been struggling with acceptance and submittion? I can answer this, this has helped me and I do have things that I want changed. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts if this is a struggle for you.