As a teenager, I learned something… My parents did not have a clue! They said the world worked a certain way, and my friends showed me different. I got in trouble for rolling my eyes all the time. Even if I didn’t roll my eyes talking to them, my attitude was the same. They told me my girlfriend of 2 weeks didn’t love me. They told me the friends I choose were trouble. They told me popularity was fleeting and a total waste of pursuit.
They helped me buy a car and gave me an allowance. So if I did not obey them, they would pull my keys, ground me from friends, and not let me go to places that would grow my popularity. They were killing my image. However, I wanted to drive and have cash so I obeyed.
I had a vision for my life. It was full of popularity, pretty girls, and fame. My parents had a different vision. It was full of loving God, a future of education, and a marriage to a christian girl. So I gave in and submitted to their vision, because the consequence of not was too great.
15 years later, my vision was a waste of time. My parent vision was so much better. I am soglad I submitted to their vision.
Here is the 3rd way to change the world…
Serve someone else’s vision
Exodus 17:10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold themup. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
Joshua changed the world. Before he led Israel, he served Moses vision. Moses had these kind of plans all the time. As long as Moses hands stay above his head, then Joshua would win. If you are Joshua, your training and size of your army didn’t matter. Your fate was litterately in the hands of an old man. This just sounds ridiculous.
Joshua would have never been put in charge had he not first served Moses vision. Submitting to a person is hard. They are imperfect and do things different than we think they should. Kind of like my parents in high school. We think as we get older we are above this but we are not.
I know this rubs wrong because we want to think we are smarter and above this. It is not true. Who’s vision do you need to submit to? Did you know division means two visions? Not one bad or one good, just two different vision. Rebelion is trying to build a vision different than the person in charge.
Who are you submitted to that if they tell you no you will do as they say? If you don’t have an answer you are in a dangerous place.
If you have that person, today thank them for what they do for you. If you do not, ask God who He wants to play that role.
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus