The idea of submission is usually not appealing to most humans. We usually do not want to submit to someone or something. We like to be the ones on top. We enjoy having controlling power. The problem is that we need to be just the opposite. We need to be the submissive ones as Christians because God calls us to be submissive. In this study, we will examine how and why we are to be submissive. So let us begin.
First off, God calls us to be submissive to Him. James 4:7 tells us to “Submit yourselves, then, to God.” Why? Because of what Proverbs 3:34 says, “He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.” God will resist us if we do not submit to Him. However, if we do submit ourselves, then we will receive the grace given through Jesus Christ.
In 1 Peter 5:5 In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”” The reoccurring theme here is humility. There can be no submission without first having humility. If we are humble, then we can submit to God.
Of course we see other types of submission mentioned in the Bible as well. Wives to their husbands (Colossians 3:18), slaves to their masters (Colossians 3:22), and all people to governing authorities (1 Peter 2:13-14). Submission surrounds the Christian life and it should, because God calls us to be so.
In conclusion, we should submit to God, and if we truly submit, then we have humility. However, it will not always be that way. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,”- 1 Peter 5:6. The humble will become exalted in the end.