On the road to revival....
By Vic Stinemetze
Recently, I keep running into that word, “submit”. Maybe you are too. It seems to be everywhere. I hear it in messages on Sunday morning. I hear it in Leadership Meetings. I was hearing it at a Conference a couple of weeks ago. Today, I attended my nephew's wedding and there it was again. Indeed, it does seem to be everywhere. We, as Christians know that we are to submit to those that are in authority over us. We are to submit to those God has set up as Church and Ministry Leaders. We are to submit to those who enforce the laws of the land. We are to submit to those who have been elected to govern the land (whether we voted for them or not!). Yes, even if I don’t agree with him, didn’t vote for him, don’t like him; we are still to submit to him. Yes, that’s what Scripture tells us. We are to submit unless man’s law violates God’s law.
We are to submit to those we work for and under. Wives are to submit to their husbands and Scripture tells us children are to submit to their parents. And, of course, we are to submit to God. Yes, that word submission truly is everywhere. But there’s one more. Ephesians 5:21 says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” That means that not only are we to submit to those in authority over us. We are also to submit to those who are not in authority over us. In fact, we are to submit to those who are under our authority. Everyone!
So how do we go about showing that we are submitting to someone? Is it simply coming into compliance with the things we are asked to do? No, I think its much more than that. It starts with respect. If we are submitting to someone, we are also showing respect to them. But, is it more than respect? Yes, I believe its also honoring them. Showing high honor. But what else? Could it be that submitting to one another is also loving one another? Not just to those who are like us. Not just to those who have the same values that we do. Not just those in leadership over us. No, we are to submit, love one another.
Of course, the real test is not when we are face to face with one another. The real test has to do with how we think about others. What we say about them when they are not around. Could it be that the words submit, respect, honor and love are all wrapped up together? That when the Bible says we are to submit one to another, we are also to respect one to another? That we are to honor one to another? Love one to another. Could it be that this is how we reverence Christ? How we submit to him? How we respect him? How we honor him? How we love him? And, could it be that the word humility is also wrapped up in all this? That when we submit, respect, honor and love, we are also acting in humility? And could it be that this is the next step in our quest for transformational revival? We’ve been ardently praying for revival for over a year now. In fact, many of us have been praying for revival for many years. Is this the next sep? So let’s reverence Christ by submitting one to another. Not only when we are face to face but when we are alone. I believe this will be pleasing to God