Day 18

Submission



Luke 22:39-42, 2 Corinthians 10:1-6, Ephesians 5:15-33, Ephesians 6:1-9, Philippians 2:3-10, Hebrews 13:17 NIV

BY Guest Writer

It should come as no surprise that the concept of submission is unpopular. For many of us, submission is synonymous with defeat. It conjures up images of the strong-minded trampling the weak-willed. Today’s culture asks, Why would anyone willingly give away their power to someone else? However, this perception of submission is antithetical to the biblical witness. The Scriptures are clear: submission is at the very center of the character of the triune God, where Father, Son, and Spirit all mutually honor and defer to one another in love. 

When Jesus submitted to the Father’s will on the night before His death, praying those unforgettable words, “Not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:42), it was not due to any weakness on Christ’s part. No, as the Son had done from before the foundations of the world, He glorified the Father by pursuing the Father’s interests above His own. This is how Father, Son, and Spirit relate to one another—in love, mutually submitting to one another’s desires and seeking the other’s good. When Scripture calls for believers to submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21), we’re being invited into relationships that reflect the life and love of the Trinity! 

It is only with this understanding of submission that we can wrap our minds around Paul’s radical challenge in his letter to the Philippians. He instructs Christians to look to their neighbor’s interests before their own, going so far as to urge them to humility, to “consider others as more important than [themselves]” (Philippians 2:3). This was the attitude of Christ, which means this is the attitude of God Himself. If submission is at the center of God’s existence, it makes perfect sense that He’d desire it to be at the center of ours as well. 

One of the ways I’ve tried to cultivate a life of submission is by placing myself under the tutelage of mentors. Throughout my life, I’ve sought out godly men with admirable faith to speak into my life, hold me accountable, and encourage and instruct me in the faith. It’s rarely easy to give someone this level of authority over your life’s direction, but relationships like these help remind me that following Jesus means surrendering my will to God’s kingdom agenda. I give these men authority to guide me in the ways of Christ, and they have been some of the most meaningful relationships I’ve ever had. 

But the practice of submission can enter our lives in a myriad of ways, as we seek to put the interests of others ahead of our own. Rather than squeezing in time to help those in need whenever it’s most convenient for us, let’s put acts of service on the calendar first, before filling our days with our own activities. Same goes for giving: set aside money to give away first, before budgeting out the rest. These are small ways we can build the principal of submission into our lives as we follow Christ’s example. 

Written by Collin Ross

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  1. Whitney Basford says:

    SRT really missed the mark on this for me. A man writing about women’s need for submission…. typical. I would have loved and I think we all deserved to hear this perspective of biblical submission from a female.

  2. Abigail Sumption says:

    That tale is so encouraging Carol – God bless you for your attention and kindness to others in the community x

  3. Joy P says:

    Coming under the truth of ‘who God is’ and ‘who I am in Christ’ – this is at the heart of submission. And the reality of this brings such freedom and peace, This absolute trust God allows me the freedom to follow Him without question, believing what He says to be true.

  4. Jody Inzitari says:

    I am also a few days behind… But God’s timing is so great; I really needed to read this today for so many reasons. I have been very stressed out lately with many things on my shoulders; my father was recently diagnosed with dementia; work stress; stress with raising two teens amid the pandemic (like many of us); and trying to find some time for self care and spirituality… hence why I am many days behind in my reading. With so many things on my mind, it felt so good to read about submission to God and saying “Not my will, but yours be done Lord”. I actually feel like by doing this, all of my burdens and worries have been lifted. This is such a gift today!

  5. Mel says:

    I’m a few days behind and although I appreciated the topic of submission being understood on a Kingdom scale and not just a marriage one, like the writer, Colin suggests, I think STR missed an opportunity have a women write on this subject which has historically been exploited to oppress us.

  6. Aaliyah Rardin says:

    “Not my will but yours be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”

  7. Stacy J says:

    Lord you know my thoughts, my joys, and my struggles. You love me and care for me as your daughter. You are a safe place for me to rest. Help me to be still and hear your voice. I want to seek your will. Align my heart with yours.

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