A hated word

Submission.  It’s such a hated word.  Everyone seems to want to be top dog, number 1, or the one who wears the pants in the family.  As if to not be means you’re a doormat, overlooked, non-important.  Yet, it’s not truth.

The reality is, everyone submits to something. It’s never a question of, “Do you submit?” but rather, “To what or whom are you submitted?”

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2008-10-31). Becoming God’s True Woman (Kindle Location 2000). Good News Publishers/Crossway Books. Kindle Edition.

Have you ever stopped to think about it?  To what or whom are you submitted?  It’s not a demeaning, negative thing…it’s the way God designed our relationships.  There has to be a chain of command or communication will end.  Being in submission to someone or something does not mean inferiority.  But what then, should we be submissive to?

God (James 4:7)

The Church (Heb 13:17)

Wives to husbands (Eph 5:22) and husbands to the Lord (Eph 5:25)

Employers (1 Pet 2:18)

Government (1 Pet 2:13-14)

Do you see how submission works in these areas?  Even those who do not profess any faith in the Lord are submissive to employers and government.  I’m sure, many times, unwillingly.  How much brighter would the gospel of Jesus shine if those of us who know Him who holds us in His hand would submit to authority in these areas with joy and gladness of heart?  Trusting not the person who we are submitting to for perfect performance, but rather, trusting that God has us in His hand and we can trust His perfect will every time.


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