Again this week we delve into another quite counter-cultural spiritual practice… the discipline of Submission. Often we misunderstand submission because we are so immersed in a heirarchical, authority-driven society where those “over” us are accustomed to enforcing their will on us and those “under” them are accustomed to having to submit. That isn’t what we are talking about! If any of you have ever had a boss (and that’s most of us) then we know that it is quite possible to outwardly comply without at all having the inner heart of submission. The practice of submission as a spiritual exercise emphasizes the latter, not the former. That is, having the inner heart of submission as it relates to one another.
Scripture says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Truly it is Jesus who models this for us, as he not only submitted himself to the will of the Father (against his own best interests) but fully surrendered himself to men who took his life from him… and all of this for our sakes at no personal benefit to him.
Check out the above video by my friend, Johnny Markham, from the College Hills church in Lebanon and preview the discussion guide before diving into your group discussions Sunday night. Be blessed.