“…and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” (Eph. 5:21)
Our culture does not support the concept of submission. A culture that demanded a bill of rights from a king in the 1300’s and insisted one be included in a constitution, free slaves, insisted on women’s rights is not into the idea of submission of any kind.
“I know my rights,” is a popular phrase in America. Whether in marriage or on the job; actually in all interpersonal relationships, submission is not a popular word.
But the Apostle Paul thinks its very appropriate for faithful saints. Because Christians are to put others first, being in a state of mutual submission is not a problem for them.
Paul uses similar language in the Galatians letter when he says, ‘serve one another humbly in love.’ Peter speaks of submission of the younger to their elders and then says, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards each other…”
This attitude of mutual submission is made possible because of the submission of Christ. He became submissive in his walk to the top of Golgotha. His words, “Not my will but yours,” set the standard for his followers. The faithful saints are to emulate their savior and to submit to each other.
Task for Today: Examine your attitude towards others Christians and determine to let them be first or perhaps have their way for a change. Be willing to go to the end of the line. Someone has to be last and why not a Christian?