Submission to christ


When we talk about submission to Christ, we are talking about willingly submitting ourselves to His authority and leadership in our lives. It is an act of humility and obedience that should flow naturally from a heart that loves and fears God.

Submission is not a popular topic today. We live in a world that values independence and self-sufficiency. We are told to be our own boss, to follow our own dreams, and to pursue our own happiness. But the Bible calls us to something different. It calls us to submit to Christ as Lord and Savior.

What is submission?

Submission is an act ofwillingly giving in to someone or something. In a relationship, it is often seen as a feminine act, while in other areas it is seen as a sign of weakness.

Webster dictionary definition of submission

sub·mis·sion /səbˈmis(h)ən/ noun the action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person. “he was taken prisoner without firing a shot in submission” synonyms: defeat, capitulation, surrender, yielding, yielding up; More the action of presenting a document, application, ransom, etc., for consideration or decision. “the local authorities have the power of final submission on applications for planning permission”

Bible verses about submission

Submission is widely misunderstood. The prevailing view in our culture is that submission is weakness, that it’s something we should avoid at all cost. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The word submit comes from the Greek word hupotasso, which means “to arrange under.” It’s a military term that was used to describe the action of a soldier when he arranged himself under the authority of his commanding officer.

In the same way, when we submit to the Lord, we are arranging ourselves under His authority. We are aligning our will with His and choosing to follow His lead.

This doesn’t mean that we become doormats or that we suppress our own desires and opinions. It simply means that we trust God enough to follow His lead, even when it goes against our own plans or desires.

There are many verses in the Bible that talk about submission, but here are just a few:

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (Romans 12:1)
“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” (Colors 5:22)
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” (Colors 3:20)

Why is submission important?

There are many different opinions on submission and what it means within a relationship. Whether in a marriage or dating, submission is often thought of as a woman relinquishing control to a man. This is not always the case, submission is simply giving up your own agenda to serve another. It is not giving up your voice or intelligence, but rather setting those things aside for the moment to focus on what someone else needs.

Because it is a command from God

God commands us to submit to Him because He knows what is best for us. When we submit to His authority, we are submitting to His love and care for us. He knows what we need and He will provide it for us if we let Him. Submission is an act of faith and trust in God.

Because it is an act of worship

When we submit to Christ, we are acknowledging Him as Lord of our lives. We are saying that we want to live our lives according to His will and not our own. Submission is an act of worship that honors God and demonstrates our faith in Him.

It can be difficult to submit to someone who we don’t know or don’t understand. We may not always agree with what Christ wants us to do. However, we can trust that He knows what is best for us and that He will never lead us astray. As we submit to Christ, He will work in our lives to transform us into the people He created us to be.

Because it leads to blessings

Submission is important because it is Christians’ way of following Christ’s example. Christ set the perfect example of submission when He prayed to God in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Yet not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36). Submission is also our proper response to God’s authority. Ephesians 5:24 says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This speaks of a man’s role in marriage, but it also shows that we are to submit to those over us—whether they are our bosses, our elders, or those whom God has placed in positions of authority over us.

How can we submit to Christ?

The Christian life is not a game where the one with the most Bible knowledge or who can quote the most Scripture wins. Christ calls for our complete submission. When we submit to Christ, we are saying that Jesus is Lord of our life and we will live according to His ways.

By yielding our lives to Him

The Bible talks about submission in many different ways. Galatians 5:24 tells us that those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. In other words, we have yielded our lives to Him. We are no longer controlled by our sinful nature. Instead, we are controlled by the Holy Spirit. Christ is our Lord, and we submit to Him by yielding our lives to Him.

By obeying His Word

By obeying His Word, we are submitting to His lordship in our lives. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). Obedience is not just a one-time event; it’s a lifetime pursuit. When we keep His commandments, we are showing our love for Him. And by loving Him, we are submitting to His authority in our lives.

By surrendering our rights

One of the most difficult things to do in life is to surrender our rights. We want what we want when we want it. So how can we reconcile this human desire with what God calls us to do?

In Philippians 2:3, the apostle Paul tells us, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” and in verse 5 he adds, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

When we submit to Christ, we are no longer controlled by our own selfish desires. Instead, we surrender our rights and submit to His authority. This doesn’t mean that we become doormats and allow others to walk all over us. It means that we choose to serve others instead of ourselves. We put their needs above our own.

If you are struggling with submitting to Christ, ask Him to help you surrender your rights and humble yourself before Him.


In Christ, we are called to submit to one another out of respect for Christ. This submission is not a mindless act, but rather a willful yielding to another out of love and respect. When we submit to Christ, we are saying that His will is more important than our own. We are surrendering our rights and privileges in exchange for the joy of serving Him.

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