Submission is such an ugly word. At least in today’s society it is. It’s a shame really, for submission is one of the most beautiful character traits God allows us to have. Typically when the topic of submission comes up in Christian circles, everyone assumes we are referring to wives submitting to their husbands. While that is one very important act of submission, there is far more to it than that.
Real power and strength lie in submission. I would be so bold as to say that true freedom can only be found in a submissive heart. God knew what he was doing when he asked for our submission to him. When we do so, we allow him to do his full work in our lives. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6). We also have more power to overcome sin. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
Our submission doesn’t stop with God. As mentioned earlier and found in Ephesians 5:22-33, submission is a crucial part of the marriage relationship. That text teaches that both husbands and wives should submit to one another, both out of love and respect. If even that command were followed, there would be a radical transformation in our marriages. Of course that can only happen if both partners are first fully submitted to God.
Finally, we have daily opportunities to submit to one another. More than anything, this is deferring to others especially in light of their spiritual growth and transformation. If we, in truth, can creat unity through loving submission, the church will be more effective. Instead of worrying about getting our own way, we can spend time together working to further God’s kingdom.
Redefine the word submission in your life and see God do amazing things for you and through you.