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though they did not claim to be perfect,   and the LORD hath taken away; blessed
        they were trying to do their best in the   be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21 KJV).
        belief that God would reward them one
        day by granting them entry into heaven.   Love – We Are Devoted to God
        These are the sorts of ideas that many   and Seek to Serve Him
        subscribe to.                           For us as believers, rather that acting
          When the Spirit of God brings convic-  out of a sense of duty or obligation to
        tion to sinners through the truth of the   behave in a certain way, we willingly and
        Word of God, all false ideas must be aban-  wholeheartedly seek to please God in any
        doned. They begin to understand that God   way we can. We serve Him, not because
        is great in power, holiness and justice, but   we are forced to but because we want to.
        He is also great in love, mercy and grace.   We gradually learn not to be self-centered
        He is interested in each individual, and   but to focus on Him and His interests.
        out of love He sent His Son to be the Savior   We gladly yield to His will by purpos-
        of the world (1Jn 4:14). Christ died upon   ing to live holy lives for His glory (Rom
        the cross of Calvary to pay the price of sin.   6:13,16,19).
        He is the only way back to God. In repen-  Sacrificial love undergirds all true ser-
        tance, the sinner submits to these truths.     vice. It flows from a sense of thankfulness

        Faith – We Depend Upon God            at being the recipients of undeserved fa-
        and Trust His Direction               vor from a gracious heavenly Father. The
                                              apostle Paul described love as his sole mo-
          The natural man is self-reliant and plots   tivation for service: “For the love of Christ
        his own course according to what he can   constraineth us” (2Co 5:14 KJV). In other
        see and understand. The spiritual man   words, it hemmed him in and left him no
        relies upon God and submits to His will,   option. Love has its own unique power to
        walking by faith and not by sight (2Co 5:7).   move men and women to worship and to
        Every child of God begins on the Christian   serve the living God. It has also inspired
        pathway through faith in Christ but also   them to pour out their lives for others.
        goes on to live by that same principle day
        after day. A wise believer will diligently   Spheres of Divine Order
        seek to know God’s guidance in every area   For  the  good of  society  as a whole,
        of life and then follow it (Heb 11:6). In such   God has established spheres of author-
        matters as the choice of a career, finding   ity. These all require willing cooperation
        the right marriage partner, or where to   and submission to make them function
        live and how to serve the Lord, God is   effectively. The devil, however, seeks to
        pleased to make His will known to us. We   overthrow God’s order at every level. He
        can trust Him to lead us, not only in these   is busier than ever today, as is evident in
        key decisions but also in the small details.   a world marked increasingly by rebellion
          The believer continues to trust God,   and anarchy, chaos and confusion.
        even when times are tough. A notable    We shall consider our subject of “Sub-
        example of faith put to the test is the story   mission”  in  relation  to  the  following
        of Job who lost nearly everything in one   spheres: in the Godhead, in society, in the
        tragic day. His response was to bow to the   workplace, in marriage, in the family, and
        will of God and declare, “The LORD gave,   in the local church.

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