Donna said half-jokingly, "I am not to sure about the obeypart. Do we have to include that in the ceremony?" The marriage counselor winced. Shespoke in a light hearted manner, but there was an unmistakable seriousness about her question. This was the third time in two weeks that he had heard that same question from young womenpreparing for marriage.
The response to, "wives submit to your husbands" is often similar (Eph 5:22, I Pet 3:1). Men likewise, may enjoy the innuendo of the 'wives submit' passage, but stiffen perceptibly over,"husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself for it" (Eph 5:25-28). Few are pleased about "submit to ruling authorities", particularly when they did not vote forthem; and nobody likes "if you owe taxes, pay taxes"! (Rom 13:1-7, Heb 13:17, I Pet.2:13). Aheated discussion often follows when "slaves submit to your masters..with sincerity of heart", isapplied to employers (Eph 6:5-9, IPet.2:18). Children, particularly teenagers, are unhappy about"children obey your parents" (Eph 6:1, Col.3:20). Almost everyone struggles with "bring yourtongue under control" (Jas 3:5-9, IPet.3:10) and a thousand diets seek to bring the flesh undersubmission to the will (I Pet 2:11).
God gave man rule over his wife and both were given dominion over animals and theearth (Gen 1:26-28; 3:16, Eph 5:23). In Christ's church, offices and gifts of ministry produceorder and cooperation (Rom 12:6-8, I Cor 12:28). Above all is the importance of man'ssubmission to God (Jas 4:7, Eph 5:22-23). The created order of heaven and earth include different roles andresponsibilities. These are not a value ranking or a preference of one over another. In God'seyes, there is no distinction of gender, nationality or position (Act 10:34, Gal.3:28).
Every individual has a role in God's created order. If workers refuse to submit toemployers, no work is accomplished. If children will not submit to their parents, or wives seek torule over their husbands, the family is destroyed. If people refuse to submit to God,unrighteousness and evil reign. Everyone cannot be king, yet those who refuse to be ruled, declare themselves king! Their rebellion destroys order, unity and protection of the weak. Likewise, those who will not submit to the authority of God's Word and the rule of Jesus Christ,declare themselves God! There is no other way to Spiritual life and relationship with God.
A proud, haughty, rebellious spirit that will not be ruled by man or God, declares itselfking and God! God's Word is plain, honest truth (Jn 17:17, 2 Cor 4:2, 2 Tim. 2:15). 'Shopping for agreeable truth' in God's Word is not submission to God, but a search for self-righteousness(Rom 10:2-4). Those who hear the word and obey are blessed (Lk 11:28), but contentiousdisobeyers of the truth, store up anger and wrath for themselves (Rom 2:5-8).
Man's lifetime in this world is a once-in-an-eternity opportunity for a created being tochoose a personal, loving relationship with its creator. Never again will man co-exist in anenvironment with good and evil. Never again, will the choices of a few brief years, have suchunimaginable eternal consequences. The choice of this lifetime is to submit to God'srighteousness or rebel. SUBMIT!