“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesian 5:21 (NIV)

The word submit or submission means to submit under the authority or power of someone else. We submit to the authorities every time we obey the speed limit. We submit to the laws of the U.S. every time we file our taxes (at least honestly). If we sign a contract, we are submitting to the conditions stated in the contract, and if we fail to live up to those requirements, we can do ourselves harm either criminally, in a civil lawsuit, or financially. To submit or be submissive is to be obedient to some requirement or authority, and it is the very act of submitting to or being under that authority or control of someone or something else.

When we submit to others, it’s not because they deserve it. Our choice to submit is out of our respect for our relationship with God. We submit to those in authority over us, such as our bosses, the government and laws of the land, because we have reverence and respect for God.

Prayer: God, thank you for reminding me that you are the basis for my submission to others. Show me where I need to display my respect for you by submitting to others. Help me to learn what submission really means. In Jesus name. Amen.