By Allen White
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)
We’ve been talking about Jesus’ humility in becoming human and in dying a cruel death on the cross. Now, let’s get practical. How are we to show humility? Who are we to submit to?
In Ephesians 5, Paul directs us to submit to one another, then he offers some practical examples: marriage, family and work. Wives are told to submit to their husbands. Husbands are told to love their wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Ephesians 5:22-33). Children are instructed to obey their parents. Fathers are instructed not to exasperate their children (Ephesians 6:1-4). Slaves (employees) are to obey their earthly masters (employers). Masters (employers), God is not impressed with your status. The same rules apply to both.
When you think about Christ’s example, how well is Jesus coming through in your relationships? Do your spouse, your children or your co-workers see a servant heart in your attitude?
If believers put each other first, instead of working hard to put themselves first, that would sure untie a lot of knots in the church.
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