Submission

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 13:1-13

So Abram said, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers.” (v. 8, niv)

One of the greatest biblical values is submission. The Bible teaches us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, and put others’ interests ahead of our own (Philippians 2:3-4). Needless to say, that’s not what the world thinks.

But Abraham was different. When he realized he and his nephew Lot needed to separate, Abraham “gave in.” He let Lot have first choice of the land. One might say he was “big hearted” or generous. But really, this is how God wants us all to live. I know of a man who is so magnanimous he says that if someone were to rob him, he would refuse to get angry or upset. He believes all he has is actually God’s anyway, so the thief would be stealing from God, not him.

But no matter how wonderful Lot’s choice looked to him, it turned out to be bad. Verse 13 ominously points out that in the area Lot chose — Sodom — there lived men who were “wicked” and who “were sinning greatly against God.” This eventually led to disaster for Lot. So all that glitters is not gold. When we put others first, we usually end up getting God’s best for ourselves as well.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for putting us first. Help us also to put others before ourselves. Amen.