Unfinished Life: Week 1 - Day 3
Lord, help me mean it when I call you Lord. Give me a will to submit to your word especially regarding my relationships with others. I welcome you as Savior. Help me welcome you as Lord. Amen
READ: Ephesians 5:21 (NLT)
“And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” REFLECT:
Paul has just instructed the Ephesian church on living in the power of the Holy Spirit when he begins his
comments about submitting to one another. He goes on to cover the full gamut of relationships including those of husbands and wives, children and parents, servants and masters. Perhaps it says something about human nature that exhorting Christ followers to be filled with the Holy Spirit precedes a command about submission.
The “S” word, as it is known in some circles, is not a popular topic. Yielding authority or control to another person can be very difficult, especially in our American culture which idolizes personal independence. For Christ followers, the example of Jesus and his submission to God the Father helps counter our bent toward self-interest and the world’s rallying cry that it is all about me. The power of the Holy Spirit in us can give us the resolve to submit.
Over time most human relationships face challenges, especially family relationships. In circumstances where there are significant differences of opinion, reverence for Christ may be the only motivation we can find to obey God’s instructions on submission. Submitting to God and the counsel of his Word requires trust. The family is a key place for growing in our faith – faith that includes a willingness to submit to one another.
Father, thank you for providing all I need to be obedient to you if I am willing to trust you. I know that you love me, and your ways are both a blessing and a means to the abundant life you desire for your children. Forgive me when I refuse to obey and choose to live outside of your will for my life. Amen.