The word “submission” can have a positive or negative meaning, depending on the context and impact of the word. However, in our Christian faith, submission is an extremely important word and concept that plays a huge fundamental role in our Christian faith, and so I would like to have this letter talk about the importance of submission. Specifically, submission to God and Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, there are several verses on the topic of submission. Perhaps the one that I find most fitting for this particular letter would be James 4:7: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” This is a very simple verse, but it really gets to point and tells precisely that we should submit to God. Submission as described in the Bible means to “obey”, “submit”, or to “arrange”. In this sense, God wants to “arrange” us to “obey” Him, and to not be subject to this world, or rather, to the devil. It is a meaning to show the importance of our allegiance with God, and our severance with the world. The reason this is so important is because it’s important for us to get close to God, to build a relationship, and to become more Christ-like day by day. Perhaps that may sound unusual if the word “submission” has a perceived negative meaning, but submission in this sense does not mean submitting to a God of tyranny. Just the opposite, it is submitting to a loving God, to accept this loving God, and to follow this loving God. I stress the importance of accepting and following because, all too often, people will believe God as only one thing: savior, and savior only.
While we know that God is certainly our savior, this verse on submission shows us that He is to not only be regarded as savior. To believe that Jesus is savior only means that you cannot go further into a relationship with Him. You acknowledge that Jesus is savior, and He has saved you, forgiven you of your sins, and is a way into heaven. But Jesus is far more than that. He is Lord. As Lord, he is someone to submit to, to obey, and to follow, which is so much more than only acknowledging that he can save you. While viewing Jesus as savior is not wrong or incorrect, I say this only to show the importance in also viewing him as our leader and helper. Jesus is our Lord and our savior. Luke 2:11 gives a wonderful verse describing Jesus as this: “for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”.
Part of the importance in acknowledging Jesus and God as Lord is submission. In this letter, it sounds simpler, or rather easier, than it really is. Submission is difficult, especially when we want to know what is planned for our own lives and we want to live our lives in a way that we see fit or appropriate. It can be difficult to submit to God and allow ourselves to fully submit to Him when we feel like we are no longer the captain of our ship. But we serve a wonderful, awesome, loving, and perfect God. “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8.
The gift of Jesus Christ is the greatest gift to the whole world, and God has promised time and time again that He will always be here to provide for us, to be our helper, and to lead us.
Together, as Christians, we can also play a role in aiding each other to grow and to become more submissive to our loving God and to encourage each other to me more like the role-model we obey, follow, and love. Having the chance to submit to such a loving and perfect God is truly such a blessing, and one that I want to always take. Together through fellowship, prayer, and by obeying God, we can become more Christ-like and further celebrate the joy we have in Jesus, and to continue to view Him more as our Lord every day.
Claire Marker (19) is on staff at TPS Chapel and Changing Lives Ministry and studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.