The word SUBMISSION, entails a lot both in the spiritual and physical aspect of life. The Cambridge dictionary has a lot of definitions for it. However, the one definition we are referring to in this article defines submission this way “to allow another person or group to have power or authority over you, or to accept something unwillingly”. In a nutshell submission means allowing someone to lead you. I think in life we all submit to someone or something in one way or the other, whether it’s submitting to your parents, that’s abiding by your parents rules and regulations in the house. For example having a curfew time, submitting to your Job, boss or manager and if you are in a relationship whether dating, courting or married submitting to your partner and most importantly submitting to GOD, because we are His. And if we declare that He is Lord, that means we need to give our all to Him and Him alone when it comes to our spiritual life and even physical life so He can be in control of us.
What it Means to be Submissive
As a university student, the word submission means I have to meet a deadline whether I like it or not, because if I don’t submit that assignment I will be screwed and I wouldn’t want to fail, because I delayed or didn’t submit my assignment. For this reason, I always make sure I hit the deadline and get the work done in advance to avoid any failure. Now as a Christian young woman, what does the word SUBMISSION mean to me? Submitting to God means I surrender everything to Him, my social, emotional, financial, relationships and basically every aspect of my life I place it in the hands of God. Submitting my all to God doesn’t mean I don’t live as a free person, it simply means I live freely but accountable to God. I can also decide to live as a free person, where I don’t submit to God or my lectures and live however I want, but that will come with its own consequences which will not be pleasant.
There is one particular verse that is very common during wedding sermons which is Ephesians 5:22-33 (NIV) “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Saviour. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything”. Most preachers interpret this verse in divers ways and sometimes it brings controversies, because they place emphasis on the wife belittling herself to the husband and the husband having absolute control over the wife and the household. I believe the verse Paul wrote was to place emphasis on how submission is very essential in a Christians life because when we submit to God He takes control over us and that helps to avoid the enemy having his way in our lives. Submission in the church prevents disorder and brings calmness because we know there is only one God we have to worship, so in plainness this verse about wives submitting to their husband is there for men and women to know who the head of the family is according to God’s word and to prevent chaos in the family. This verse does not mean God is sexist or undermines women, because a submissive woman is not less valuable than her husband. Moreover, God also has important duties for the women in the family, which is to be a helper to her man, Genesis 2:18 NIV The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” So for you to live in a harmonious home and enjoy the blessings of God, please be your man’s helper and submit to him as you both submit your all to God.