Submission is a powerful choice. It’s a willful and deliberate one that we make for the Lord. Our flesh wants nothing more than to be in control, to win every argument, and to put ourselves first. The act of submission however, calls us to lay down our lives and to pick up our cross again and again.
The world tells us that submission is giving all power and control to another, the Bible, on the other hand, shows us that submission is giving all power to God.
Jesus said, Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. ~ John 10:17-18, KJV
Do you see the power in those two verses? It’s incredible! There wasn’t a single moment during His life when Jesus was under the thumb of mankind. Every step that He took to the cross was a willful and deliberate choice to serve God the Father by loving mankind.
Like Christ, we are called to submit our lives one to another out of reverence to God. We’re called to love, and to walk in humility, esteeming others higher than ourselves. And what might that look like to us?
It’s giving up your chance to win an argument for the sake of your marriage.
It’s letting another go first in line.
It’s giving up your seat on the bus to an elderly person.
It’s allowing your husband to make choices on behalf of your family.
It’s stepping back to let others shine.
It’s forgoing a simple pleasure to buy a coat for the homeless.
It’s bathing the sick.
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Take opportunities to serve and submit to others around you. Don’t serve for the sake of approval or any other selfish gain. Do it soley out of reference to God.
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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