A Powerful Force in Leadership: Submission (What?!?)

dreamstime_xs_30170763We sometimes view “submission” as an uncomfortable word. Images may come to mind–someone pointing into your face and yelling, “Submit!”

This isn’t what the New Testament Greek word for “submit” means. Hypotasso refers to a willing submission–a submissive attitude where we voluntarily yield our own will to someone else’s. We submit ourselves “one to another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21*). In other words, we yield to others with the motive of ultimately submitting to God, according to His will.

Godly submission embraces the attitude of Christ Jesus, who always submitted to His Father’s will. “The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do…” (John 5:19).

Jesus wasn’t a pansy who submitted to everything everyone else wanted. Whenever He submitted to others, He did it to honor the Father’s will.

Godly submission means we don’t always have to be right. We don’t have to prove ourselves, or be the top dog, or fight for our rights. Instead we rest in Father God’s loving will and direction. We do the honest, godly thing, no matter what the consequences. We esteem others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). We humble ourselves and rely on God (not ourselves) to “lift us up” (James 4:10).

Submission is a gift of honor we give to others.

dreamstime_xs_30893353How does an honest, submissive attitude that honors others bring power to leadership?

  1. When we get our pride out of the way, we open up space for God’s Spirit to work His wisdom and strength into our lives. After all, evidence of being “filled with the Spirit” is “submitting to one another” (Ephesians 5:18-21).
  2. When we align ourselves with Christ’s will and attitude, we position ourselves on His side, in His authority, in His favor, His honor. That’s His kind of righteous, loving, authoritative power, as Jesus modeled for us.
  3. His joy rises within us when we serve others in Christ’s love–and the joy of the Lord is our strength. (Nehemiah 8:10).
  4. Submission brings freedom from the bondage of our childish lust to “get our own way,” freedom to love our enemies, freedom to act in love when mistreated, freedom to lead as a servant in the nature of Christ.

To learn how to practically understand and embrace the freedom and authority of godly submission in leadership, check out Keith Yoder’s audio, The Power of Healthy Submission (listen to the excerpt).

*All scripture verses quoted from the New King James Version.

John 5:19-44;  8:28-29, 54; 10:15-17;  I Corinthians 16:16; Philippians 2:1-11; Ephesians 5:15-21

– Patricia Tillman, review of Keith Yoder’s audio, The Power of Healthy Submission

Pray for the Competition?!?! Is that good business?

God’s pie is unlimited.

My Piece of the PieI’ve heard this concept introduced to business leaders several times over the past few years at Teaching the Word:

“Pray for your competition.”

“Wait a minute! What?” we often hear as the first reaction. This is a serious issue. We’re talking about livelihood, here, in difficult, unpredictable times.

At TTMW, we associate with a number of groups of business executives who regularly gather to fellowship, learn and pray together–yes, even with and for the competition!

This sometimes strikes people as odd–ridiculous–peculiar. As the King James version of Peter’s words affirm, “Ye are a chosen generation… a peculiar people.”

This response comes naturally because we’re living in a worldview that sees the economy as one limited pie. “There’s only so much to go around. If I pray for the competition, their piece of the pie will get larger, and that means mine will get smaller.”

But we’re citizens of Christ’s government, not of the world’s. God runs His government by different principles. A limited economic worldview makes sense as applied to worldly governments, but under Christ’s kingdom, different rules apply. 5,000 plus people are fed with a boy’s lunch; one man captures a large army; streams flow in the desert; tax money can come from the mouth of a fish.

In other words, God’s pie has no limit! Christ brings increase to all who align with Him.

Falsely AccusedIn God’s government, our goals, strategies and vision extend far beyond business success. They fall in line with God’s eternal strategy and impact His eternal purpose, which includes oneness with Him and each other–even with those we consider “the competition.”

It doesn’t mean we lower our standard of excellence in marketing and service. It means we do business with the unlimited love and perspective of Christ.

Praying for our competition means:

  • that we fully trust Christ as our leader, to partner with Him in His government according to His good, acceptable and perfect will
  • that we’ve chosen to view business from God’s limitless perspective and purpose, not our own limited one
  • that we understand the nature of Christ’s infinite, eternal government–upon His shoulders (not our own)
  • that we’ve devoted ourselves to move toward kingdom love in oneness with each other in Christ

As Christian leaders, let’s stand strong in Christ’s power against the tide of fear and competition. Let’s make a difference by fully trusting Christ, praying His grace for the competition!

Judges 7; II Kings 6:14-23; Psalm 23:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; 35:6; Matthew 17:27; 25:14-30; Mark 6:38-44; Luke 1:33; Romans 12:2; Philippians 2:15; 4:19; I Peter 2:9; Revelation 11:15

– Patricia Tillman

Celebrating Your Presence in Us, Jesus! #ScripPic

Celebrating that Jesus, through shedding His blood, made it possible for the Holy Spirit–the Presence of God Himself–to live within us to guide us into all truth (Romans 8:1-17; John 16:13).

“If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”
– Moses to Yahweh, Exodus 33:15

Presence go with us


Do we console others by trying to “fix” their pain? Or by giving ourselves…

The Gift of Consolation
dreamstime_xs_21040662Encounter the delight of The Giver through sacred expressions of giving!

Giving SpiralHere’s an example of the rich devotionals that Cindy Riker has written for our new book, Giving to Worship” coming out July 9th! Enjoy…


“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you.
Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.
Your people will be my people and your God my God…’” 

(Ruth 1:16, NIV)

Despite Naomi’s bitterness and poverty, Ruth willingly left all that she knew—the security of her relatives, culture and religion—to care for Naomi and serve her God. The seed of Ruth’s devoted loyalty was planted deep in the soil of the world in preparation for God’s Son. Generations later it bore fruit in the life of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father.

Remaining in Naomi’s presence required something on Ruth’s part. Did she feel the burning desire to somehow “fix” Naomi—to take away the sting of her loss? Sometimes we wish to provide relief for another’s pain. But simply by offering ourselves to someone is acting on behalf of Christ.

Consolation means “to be with the lonely one.”

To offer consolation demonstrates care. Life is so full of pain, sadness, and loneliness that we often wonder what we can do to alleviate the suffering we see. We can and must console the mother who lost her child, the young person with AIDS, the family whose house burned down, or rescue the one enslaved in human trafficking or in bondage to their own pain.

“To console doesn’t mean to take away the pain but rather to be there and say, ‘You are not alone, I’m with you. Together we can carry the burden. Don’t be afraid. Thus we become Christ-like shepherds.’” (Henri Nouwen)

Heart of the Matter

We live in a broken world
and know the comfort of the Holy Spirit supplies what is needed
the Body of Christ.


Think of those loved-ones or community members who need consolation. How does God want you to show His care for them?

Lord, sometimes we feel either unfit to help or overwhelmed by the magnitude of needs. As we offer our gifts, we worship You by interceding for both caregivers and those in need of consolation. We pray the consolation of Your own presence will bring them new courage, fresh hope and comfort.

Memory Verse

 “Then he said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.’”
– Moses to Yahweh, Exodus 33:15, NKJV

God of our life, there are days when the burdens we carry chafe our shoulders and weigh us down…when our lives have no music in them, and our hearts are lonely, and our souls have lost their courage. Flood the path with light…tune our hearts to brave music; give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age; and so quicken our spirits that we may be able to encourage the souls of all who journey with us on the road of life, to Your honour and glory.  – Augustine

– Cindy Riker, Author

If you live in the Lancaster County, PA area, plan to meet Cindy Riker and Keith Yoder at our book signing on Thursday, July 9th, 2015.

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