Submission is a word that make many people cringe at the very thought of it. It is a strong profane word (at least some think that it is) that is used in the body of Christ, and people that have pit bull, independent like mentalities (I will discuss these mentalities in the next addition) may consider this word to be a ploy for control. I do not believe that the Lord intended for His people to be controlled through the shallow insecurities of man that dwell among the Earth, but instead He intended for us to conform to His will through willful submission. This form of submission is a way of conforming to The Will of God first, and then everything else will fall in place. 2 Corinthians 8:5. According to the Webster’s 1913 Dictionary, the word submit, is another means of conforming. This type of conforming means to be in accord or harmony; to comply; to be obedient. The reason why this word is fought so much within the body of Christ is because the devil knows that when we learn how to walk in harmony, and agreement with the Will of God willfully, his kingdom will be destroyed. This is why the scripture says that a kingdom divided against itself will not stand. Mark 3:23-26.
In Acts 2 the Holy Ghost fell because those in the room were in agreement (accord) with one another, and this agreement was a result of many people coming to Christ. There are places in the scripture like Matthew 18:19 that mention the Lord showing up in the midst because the people are walking in agreement (accord) with each other. In order for us to walk together, there must be agreement, (Amos 3:3) and this form of agreement is a conforming (submission) to the will of God.
I can remember when the Lord allowed me to get married, and He told me that He was going to teach me how to submit through my marriage. Now this was a hard pill to swallow for me because I have been independent for a long time, and did not need anyone to do anything for me, but I soon found out how quick this would change. I had to learn patience (still letting this fruit work in me) and temperance. These are fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) that will cause a person to conform to the Will of God, if we submit to God’s Word by focusing on Him, and not what we see in the Earth. Ephesians 5:22 is a scripture that many people get twisted. It says, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” The thing that people miss in this part is that the writer mentioned…….as unto the Lord. If I am not willing to conform to the Will of God by conforming myself to His will, then I will never be able to respect and submit myself to the authority that the Lord has given me to provide, protect, and care for me. Remember 2 Corinthians 8:5 says, “And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and then unto us by the will of God.” Please think about this scripture because “WE” have to give ourselves to the Lord willingly before we can give ourselves to someone else.
Submission must always start with a conforming through agreement, and walking in harmony. This is essential for the body of Christ because your advancement in the Lord is dictated by your submission to the Lord’s Word. He tells us in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Here the Lord is telling us not to walk in harmony with the world, nor to waive your privileges and authority that God has planted in you to the World, but submit to Him, so that we can know what is pleasing in His eyesight.
Submission is a good thing if we do it the way the Lord intended us to. He did not say that we had to submit to people that we only like because if that was the case He would have never told us in 1 Peter 2:18 to submit not only to the good, but also to the bad. See 1 Peter 2:13-21; Romans 13:1-7. Submission is not just a way of following rules for a show or fashion (Colossians 3:22), but doing all things with a heart that is single and surrendered unto the Lord. Submission is the way and life of a believer, and the heart of a true believer. Submission is done with a heart of purity, a heart of no complaints, a heart of not being seen or magnified, a heart of harmony, a heart of obedience, a heart of agreement, and a heart of true love.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24