Summary: Submission is a key to life and humility and trust are a key to submission.
A. Recently there was a remake of the movie The Karate Kid.
1. But how many of you remember the original movie?
2. The original movie began with Daniel, a skinny boy who was used to being bullied, asking for a neighbor named Mister Miagi to teach him karate.
3. Mr. Miagi agreed under one condition: Daniel must submit totally to his instruction and never question his methods.
a. So Daniel agreed and showed up the next day eager to learn.
4. To his chagrin, Mister Miagi had him paint a fence. Miagi demonstrated the precise motion for the job: up and down, up and down.
a. It took Daniel days to finish the job.
5. Next, Miagi told Daniel to wash and wax three weather-beaten cars and again prescribed the motion – “wax on, wax off.”
a. Daniel wondered, What does this have to do with karate? But he said nothing.
6. Finally, Mr. Miagi had him sand the deck using a prescribed stroke.
7. At the end of the day, Daniel had reached his limit, and he said to Mr. Miagi: “I thought you were going to teach me karate, but all you have done is have me do your unwanted chores!”
8. Daniel had broken Miagi’s one condition, and the old man’s face pulsed with anger.
a. “I have been teaching you karate! Defend yourself!”
9. Mr. Miagi threw a punch toward Daniel, who instinctively defended himself with an arm motion exactly like that used in one of his chores.
10. Next Mr. Miagi unleashed a vicious kick, and again Daniel averted the blow with a motion used in his chores.
11. After Daniel successfully defended himself from several more blows, Mr. Miagi simply walked away, leaving Daniel to discover what the master had known all along: skill comes from repeating the correct but seemingly mundane motion.
B. Daniel learned the blessing of submission to his master, and so must we.
1. We may not always understand God’s instructions, but submission demands that we obey our master anyway.
2. The word “submission” is the key to today’s section from First Peter.
3. And the keys to submission are humility and trust.
4. As you know, we are living in a culture of pride and rebellion.
5. That rebellion can be clearly seen in children, teenagers and young adults, but they certainly aren’t the only ones who find it hard to submit.
6. At times, most of us find it hard to submit to those in authority.
7. Who are the ones in authority that people despise the most? Government officials, employers, teachers, parents and police officers.
8. Interestingly enough, in our Scripture section today, Peter is going to address submission to several of those authority figures.
C. Let’s spend some time discovering some of the blessings that come from learning to be submissive.
1. As we read this section of 1 Peter, we might be surprised that Peter doesn’t give us advice on how to reduce stress or to make our problems go away.
2. Rather, if things are difficult and it looks like they are going to get worse, Peter’s advice is to submit.