July 2-You First
Ephesians 5.21-“submit to one another”
Focus Verse-Ephesians 5.21
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Insight-Submission is quite the hot button topic, in and out of Christian circles. Which is really unfortunate, since it is actually a really beautiful thing, if you understand it and experience it. Here’s what submission is: “a voluntary attitude of giving in, cooperating, assuming responsibility, and carrying a burden”. Now, in our relationships, doesn’t that actually seem like something that would be quite beneficial for all? What would happen if, in all of our relationships, we decided to cooperate with each other, assume responsibility for each other and to carry each others’ burdens? What an incredible picture of loving relationships! As Americans especially, this hits on our incessant need to protect our rights. And we have some rather interesting “rights” don’t we-the right to be right, the right to comfort, the right to ease, the right to do it our way, the right to be in charge or in control, the right to build our own kingdoms, etc. Submission puts those rights aside.
And check out the motivation for this-out of reverence for Christ. Our motivation is a deep awe and respect for Jesus, the one who we find did this for all of us. Jesus, the one who had every right to exalt himself above us and to force us to submit to him, submitted himself-he cooperated with us, gave himself up for us, assumed responsibility for us and our failures and carried our burdens! When you think of Jesus life of submission, how can you not want to respond in the same way, with deep awe and respect!
Active Response-Today I will follow the example of Jesus and choose to live in cooperation and surrender. I will assume responsibility for the well-being of those around me and I will voluntarily carry their burdens. I will do so, because that’s what Jesus did and does for me.
Jesus, thank you for never asking me to do something that you wouldn’t do. Thank you for the gift of grace that your submission brought to me! Help me to live in accordance with you and your example. Amen.