We don’t like the word “submission,” do we? In America, we’re raised around the words “free” and “independent.” We don’t like to be told what we can and can’t do! We have a submission problem, and that’s very hard for grace to break out of us. It’s part of why the world is in the condition it’s in right now—we are all so strong-willed and determined to do things our own way. But God wants to work things out of us through our submission to His will, so that He replace them with better things.
Submission feels like we’re losing control, but that’s the point. It’s aligning yourself back with God and letting Him lead you in your journey through life so that He can show you what is best for you. Remember, God knows the whole story—He sees the big picture when we can only see what’s in front of us. He won’t lead us astray.
If you want to be all that God has created you to be, and do all of the incredible things He has planned for you to do, you have to totally submit yourself to Him. Ephesians 3:16 says, “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.” Let God’s amazing, unlimited, eternal grace lead your faith, and ask Him to help you learn to submit. It’s not easy because it goes against everything our flesh wants: control over our lives. But let your faith follow God’s grace, and allow Him to empower you with the strength you need.
In Ephesians 5:21, Paul says, “…submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Submit to those who are in authority above you, and when you’re given the opportunity to lead, follow God’s example and lead with love and grace. Learn from and listen to the people around you. There are things you can learn from those older than you, and there are things you can learn from those younger than you. You can learn from them no matter their age, gender, skin color, nationality, social status, financial background—we’re all in this together. The Church is God’s set apart people—we are to function as a single unit, unified and working together for His purpose.