“Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men…” (1 Peter 2:13a)

    “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

     “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:21)


    We have been studying our way through Ephesians in our church family, and today we came to Ephesians 5:21.  Submission is not a topic I would have picked for a sermon this weekend, especially with the events and circumstances of our day.   I would not have chosen that message as one of the last several sermons I get to bring as we transition.  But, it came next in our study of Ephesians.  For me, that makes it a God thing.  

    Forced submission can lead to abuse and even death.  Imposed submission can open deep wounds of past hurts and  injustice.  Submitting to authorities when things seem unfair and full of questions or seemingly lacking in wisdom rubs us wrong.   

    But submission as a choice is powerful.  Submission as a love choice makes a potent and inspiring impact.   Submission reveals the mystery of the Gospel and faith in Jesus.

    My friend Jim Cram reminded me that the word “submission” is made up of two words:  sub (under) and mission (purpose).  We all submit to God in order to align ourselves under His mission and purpose. 

    That includes submitting to leaders and to each other in relationships, according to the order God establishes, in order to achieve purpose and mission to God’s glory. 

    God sets up levels of authority to achieve a mission we are invited to be involved in.

    That understanding of submission, although a mystery, is powerful.  And we are empowered for it!


    • What is your "rank and file" or your place of influence in God's kingdom army?
    • How are you using your place of influence to be on mission with Jesus as your Commander in Chief?
    • How are you helping others to discover mission and purpose in their lives?



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