Submission – to subordinate. Gotcha right there, huh? That word raises hackles and turns stomachs upon utterance.
I think the truth is it isn’t submission that bothers us. Not really. Sure, submitting to illegitimate or abusive authority is difficult. But so is submitting to legitimate, loving authority. It is an action whereby we purposely put ourselves in a place where we look up to someone else, among other things.
But I am not trying to preach. I am trying to get each of us to look way deeper than usual. WAY deeper. What is the real problem?! Why do we fight it so? Male and female. Slave and free. All colors, all cultures, all who are awake! Take a moment and just be quiet. Really hear the inner struggle. Un-clench your jaw, settle your tummy, and look into yourself.
Sure, it can be a pain to submit, but the bigger angst is not being submitted to! The struggle isn’t against being at the bottom, it is against not being at the top! We want validation. Most of us prefer it came in healthy ways, but if not, we are willing to struggle with others to get it. Mostly passively; sometimes aggressively. Often, without even stopping to think about it.
The less we are at peace with who we are, the more desire we have for others to submit TO us. If we really knew who we were, not only would it be okay with us to give to others, to submit to authority… If we really knew who we were, we might not NEED to SEEK submission from others.
Jesus spent a lot of time praying, and waiting on God. He knew Himself, and His job. It was His Passion, and His Burden. He was not shocked when people didn’t listen. He never forced anyone to hear. In fact, He gave them opportunity to ignore. He wanted all to follow, but knew many wouldn’t. He spent Himself for those who would, submitting Himself for those who submitted to Him, and letting others go as they willed to do. Submission from the bottom, AND from the top – out of humbleness, and truly knowing who He was…all for the good of others, and the Glory of God.
1 Peter 5:5-7: “Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” NKJV