Submission: Reverence for Christ

Many women gasp when they hear the word submission. The truth is that submission is a Biblical concept and without it there would be no Salvation and no personal relationship with God. You see, a very tender and beautiful act of submission occurred moments before Jesus was betrayed. He sat in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to His Father, His God, His everything. As blood dripped from His skin from the anguish of knowing what would be unleashed upon Him, Jesus fell face down on the ground and uttered these words:

“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet, not as I will, but as you will.”

Submission is a posture of the heart translated through behavior. It is a loving response to leadership and respecting the order which God has placed. Ephesians 5 alludes to God’s order for marriage, stating that a husband and wife should submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Submission does not suggest that the wife is a “doormat” as some tend to think. God calls both the husband and wife to submit to each other equally. A beautiful quote by Matthew Henry depicts the purpose of how God created woman, which states:

“Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”

Woman was fashioned from the very side of man, designed with beauty and honor as man’s beloved helper. God gave man the incredible gift of companionship through marriage, thus marking the beginning of an amazing love story. Although man and woman were both created equal in God’s image, there is still order.

You see, Christ leads the church through love and her response is submission to Him. In marriage the husband mirrors Christ as he leads his wife and family through love, her response is submission to him. Why? Because that is the way God ordered it, and God’s ways are perfect!

Submission is tender and beautiful.

— Jennifer Smith, Wife After God


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