We get turned on our ears thinking of bowing down under someone - especially if that someone is flawed and sinful as we are. It seems like too tall an order and just more than should be asked.
And then, on the other hand, we see it as a duty, a godly calling, so we try to walk along and go with this expectation: to submit, to set aside our self, to give in, to even give up.
So. last week, when I heard a talk on submission that just resonated to my bones I just knew I had to share it here because maybe you will feel as I do and allow God to redeem us from our fear of submission.
First of all, who is asked to submit? If you are reading this, it's you. If you aren't reading this, it's you too. And, it is me. God tells us to submit to one another out of respect for Him. He starts out Ephesians 5 by telling us to be imitators of Christ and walk in love, giving ourselves up as Christ gave Himself up. This isn't for the wife or the woman any more than it is for the child or the servant. It is for all of us. And, if you think I'm being a bit out of line here, check out Philippians 2 where we are told to have the same mind as Christ who humbled Himself to the point of a criminal's death on the cross. There isn't any qualification there. No ifs ands or buts about it - we are all invited to this life of submission. Eugene Petersen uses the phrase, "Be content with obscurity." There's a mental image.