Be Not Conformed to this World
“And he went down with them, . . . and was subject unto them.” (Luke:2:51)
An extraordinary exhibition of submissiveness! And “the disciple is not above his master.” Think of it: thirty years at home with brothers and sisters who did not believe in Him! We fix our lives on the three years which were extraordinary in our Lord's life and forget altogether the earlier years at home, thirty years of absolute submission.
Perhaps something of the same kind is happening to you, and you say, “I don't know why I should have to submit to this.” Are you any better than Jesus Christ? “As he is, so are we in this world.” The explanation of it all is our Lord's prayer-“that they may be one, even as We are one.”
If God is putting you through a spell of submission, and you seem to be losing your individuality and everything else, it is because Jesus is making you one with Him.
---Oswald Chambers, “The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers,” Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, 2000, pp. 664-65