Submission is a word that we usually find demeaning. We don\u2019t think of someone submitting as being a positive thing.\u00a0A wrestler who submits, loses. If you submit to a bully you\u2019re considered a wimp. A wife submitting sounds like she\u2019s being taking advantage of or abused.\u00a0A team that submits has given up. It\u2019s not positive sounding at all, nor was it in Paul\u2019s day. When Paul talked about submitting I can see the people scratching their heads, wondering why anyone would want to submit to another.\u00a0They had armies who went into battle. If their army submitted then they had lost the battle.\u00a0That\u2019s no good. They had kings ruling over nations.\u00a0A king that submitted to another king surrendered his power.\u00a0That sounds like giving up to me. Yet they were told, as are we, in Ephesians 5:21 to, \u201cSubmit to one another out of reverence for Christ.\u201d\u00a0We are told to place ourselves under others recognizing that we are doing it to honor Christ. As a Youth Pastor, I am to submit to my youth leaders who help me. It\u2019s not because they are more important, but it\u2019s to honor Christ.\u00a0I also need to serve the teens in my youth group.\u00a0Not because they are perfect, but to honor Christ. I am even to submit to that person who is annoying or egotistical or lives next door. I\u2019m even to submit to, believe it or not, the person who lives in my own house! Paul even gives examples in Ephesians 5:22-6:9: n Wives submit to your husband as to the Lord n Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church n Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right n Fathers do not exasperate your children, but bring them up in the training of the Lord n Slaves obey your earthly masters, just as you would obey Christ n Masters treat your slaves as your Master in heaven treats you These are all forms of submission. The members of the family are all submitting to one another.\u00a0The employees and employers of the workplace are submitting to one another.\u00a0In all areas of life we submit to each other. Philippians 2:3-4 says it this way, \u201cDo nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.\u201d A godly wife will care about her husband\u2019s needs above her own.\u00a0A godly husband will do the same for his wife.\u00a0The same with their children. If everyone is submitting to one another and seeking what is in the best interest of those around them than we show we care for each other and create an atmosphere of peace and harmony. But we don\u2019t just do this for harmony, because not everyone will follow suit.\u00a0We don\u2019t just do this because it\u2019s nice, because it won\u2019t always feel nice.\u00a0We don\u2019t do this because we get good karma, because we won\u2019t always get something good back.\u00a0In fact, we normally have to give something up.\u00a0We do this \u201cout of reverence for Christ.\u201d\u00a0We do this out of our ultimate submission \u2013 to God. How are you doing at submitting? It\u2019s not always easy and it\u2019s not always popular, but it\u2019s what we do \u201cout of reverence for Christ.\u201d\u00a0Lift His Name high by submitting today.