Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hupotasso...........Submit!

Submit in Greek means: Hupotasso, hoop-ot-as-so; to subordinate, to obey:---be under obedience, put under, subdue unto, be put in subjection to, submit self unto.

1 Peter 2:13 Be submissive to every human institution and authority for the sake of the Lord, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, Or to governors as sent by him to bring vengeance (punishment, justice) to those who do wrong and to encourage those who do good service. For it is God's will that by doing right [your good an honest lives] should silence (muzzle, gag) the ignorant charges and ill-informed criticisms of foolish persons. [Live] as free people, [yet] without employing your freedom as a pretext for wickedness; but [live at all times] as servants of God. (AMP)

Lets read a little further in 1 Peter 3:2,7 When they observe the pure and modest way in which you conduct yourselves, together with your reverence [for your husband; you are to feel for him all that reverence includes: to respect , defer to, revere him--to honor, esteem, appreciate, prize, and, in the human sense, to adore him, that is, to admire, praise, be devoted to, deeply love, and enjoy your husband]. In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God's unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.] Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tender-hearted and humble). (AMP)

Clearly, submission is meant to go both ways. There should be no bias and you should not have a tendency to think of yourself with superiority to another with true submission. To think of oneself higher in importance or value than the other is not what Peter was talking about and not what Jesus intended for us to do. Peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, learned about servant hood and submission on a very personal level. His intimate relationship with Jesus was sincere and very real. He spent three years with Jesus during Jesus' ministry, traveling around and learning example after example on being submissive. He was taught by the Rabbi Himself and understood submission in a much different way than most of us can relate to. It was Peter who walked on water because of his faith in Jesus, it was Peter who observed the Transformation of Jesus, and it was Peter who admitted that Jesus was the Son of God. Peter had an intimate relationship with Jesus that many did not. Peter was so grieved of his denial of his beloved Savior, but was also quick to reconcile himself. Peter was the founder and "corner-stone" of the first church as we know it. He was hand-picked by Jesus to carry out this task because Jesus knew of Peter's inner strength and capabilities. Jesus knew of Peter's undeniable love for Him and the Father. All it took was some trials by fire and several temporary struggles, but Peter became a man of great influence and a very effective leader in the formation of the church.

The message of this post is to show an idea of the true importance of submission and its role in our personal relationships and also our relationship to the church based off of passages from Scripture. Submission is absolutely necessary in our relationship with the Father and we will never be able to receive the grace of God without first fully surrendering ourselves over to Him. Complete surrender and submission is necessary in order to have an intimate one-on-one with God. It is also a necessary attribute in the way we relate to each other. Successful marriages are built on solid foundations. Solid foundations provide the base from which love can grow and create stronger ties between a man and a woman.

If we approach our relationship with our spouse, sibling, son or daughter, parent, or other significant other in this manner as described by Peter, we will find that we can have a healthy and successful intimacy with that person. If we show the respect to that person that we ourselves would expect or want, we will find that our relationship will grow strong and our love will increase more and more as each day passes. We should always keep these Scriptures in our minds as we navigate through our daily lives and meditate on them. We can apply submission to every part of our lives and in everything we do. By living in submission to others, we show the love of God. By living in obedience, we are living according to God's will. By showing the love of God by example, we are the most effective in passing the message of God’s love and grace along and spreading the Good News. We are not letting our gaurds down by submitting to another and we definitely do not have to agree with that person, but we must learn to submit to them and in doing so, show them the honor and respect that God requires.

God is love. His nature constantly reveals this love and if we have love, we have God! I pray that I may continue to show everyone I encounter love and by doing so, I will learn to relate to others in ways in which I never could have imagined. May we all be servants to each other as Christ was a servant to us all. May I learn more each day about the importance of submission and may others see by my life what it is like to live in God’s love and grace. Amen.

2 comments:

  1. Great job, cuz.
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  2. Great job Cuz :)
    I've started a blog too. You should follow ;)

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