“Submitting to Jesus”

“Submitting to Jesus”




In a sermon a preacher asked, “What is the

best way to teach children?” And the congregation answered enthusiastically,

“By example!” Albert Schweitzer once said, “Example is not the main thing in

influencing others. It is the only thing.” Jesus taught by example what he

expects from us. Facing the cross, he illustrated submission and leadership at

the last supper with his disciples when he washed their feet and said they

should now serve one another (John 13:3-17).

The concept of submission is often

misunderstood. It isn’t a matter of allowing others to walk all over us. As

Paul applies it to marriage in Ephesians 5, submitting means that both the

husband and wife seek their partner’s well-being. It’s not a hierarchy! It’s

not about authority but about serving one another—and doing so “out of

reverence for Christ,” who gave up his very life for us.

When the mother of James and John asked

for places of authority for her sons in Jesus’ kingdom, Jesus explained that “lording”

it over others is not the way of the kingdom. He urged them to follow his

example: “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give

his life as a ransom for many.”

Whom can you serve and build up, for

Jesus’ sake, today?