Devotion 23 July 2008 Do God’s work for the sake of one another! Epf 5: 18 – 21: Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. "Submit to one another" is as much the outcome of being filled with the Holy Spirit as joyful singing to the Lord and thanksgiving to the Lord are. Giving precedence to others in the church community, being unselfish, being faithful in Christ’s work for the sake of the well being of Christ’s body and its members, submitting to one another, is as much a reverent act of loving God and Jesus, as is the most powerful praise and worship to the honour and glory of Christ. In what is known as the "one another" passages, the Bible tells us what we are called to do for "one another" within the fellowship of believers. There are over fifty such passages in the New Testament. Lets highlight just a few: Love one another Jn 13:34-35, Gal 5:14 Encourage one another Heb 3:13; 10:24-25 Be devoted to one another Rom 12:10 Build up one another Rom 14:19; 1 Thess 5:11 Be kind to one another 1 Thess 5:15 Accept one another Rom 15:7 Serve one another Gal 5:13 Have concern for one another 1 Cor 12:25 Confess your sins to one another Jm 5:16 Forgive one another Eph 4:32 Pray for one another Jm 5:16 Don't judge one another Rom 14:13 Don't slander one another Jm 4:11 The verse we consider today says, "Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ." It is part of our fellowship with one another as members of Christ's body, because we are filled with his Spirit. "Submit to one another." This word submit means to lose or surrender one's own rights or will. It means to give precedence to others. It is not that submissive people think less of themselves; rather, they just think about themselves, less. They put the other person before themselves. Who is it that we are to submit to? The Bible tells children to submit to their parents, servants are told to submit to their masters, wives are told to submit to husbands. The church is told to submit to Christ. A Christian employee is to submit to an employer. Students are to submit to teachers. A nation are to submit to their government. The church and her members should submit to Jesus! Each of us is to put everyone else first. In the body of Christ, the congregation, everyone is to be busy surrendering their rights, their wills, their programs and their diaries for the sake of the best interest of their brothers and sisters in the Lord and for the work of the Lord. What happens when we submit to one another? When we submit to one another we cannot possibly have church fights and splits and divisions. No one in the fellowship of the church is to be motivated by ego and power trips, a controlling spirit and the “me-first syndrome”. When we submit to one another there can be no one in the body of Christ who insists on having their own way, all the time. We participate in worship, actions and programs of the congregation, for the sake of one another – because we revere Christ! Because we are faithful to Christ and his work, we are unselfish and we are faithful in every service and ministry, for one another’s sake! Remember what Paul wrote to the church at Philippi: (Phil 2:2-4) ... make my joy complete by being likeminded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.