The Power of Submission
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (Ephesians 5:21 KJV)
Submit is defined: accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.
We can see three key words in the definition here, accept, yield, and will. They line up well with our Christian lifestyle. First we accepted, somewhere in our life time, that we were not in control, we were heading down the path of destruction and God had the answers. We repented from our sins and accepted God’s gift of salvation.
Second we learned to yield to God and His word. Romans 6:16 says, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (KJV)
Yielding is submission. If you yield yourself to worldly notions and premises you are serving Satan the ruler of this world. But if you yield to God, His Word and His will we will be living in righteousness, (The state of being righteous or right). A lifestyle that is no longer deceived by the crafty and deceitful trickeries of the adversary.
Third submitting our will to the authority of God. When our will lines up with God’s we will love what God loves, hate what God hates, and desire what God desires. Walking in His Word will be joyful and free from hurts, habits, and hang-ups that lead to the paths of destruction.
Submitting to righteousness is therefore healthy. Submission is what Jesus did by going to the cross. There was no other way to bring eternal salvation to mankind. If Jesus can submit to the cruelest form of death to give you freedom from the wages of sin, how much more should we submit one to another to advance His kingdom and to enjoy the benefits of submitting ourselves to the authority of God, His Word, the Holy Spirit, the church and our brethren, (see Romans 13:1-14).
Can you say, “Submission is a good thing.”?