Submission is one of those words we may be tempted to tip toe around because the world disapproves of submission unless, of course, it is being rendered to the world and its ideas. Then it heartily approves, but would never admit that submission is what’s going on. But Christians should not be at all squeamish about submission. According to the Scripture, submission is a powerful weapon when rendered unto the Lord by means of His greace.
The dictionary definition of submit is simply to yield. But consider this explanation of the word from Jeremiah Burroughs:
“Submitting to God’s disposal — What is that? The word submit signifies nothing else but ‘to send under’. Thus in one who is discontented the heart will be unruly, and would even get above God so far as discontent prevails. But now comes the grace of contentment and sends it under, for to submit is to send under a thing.”
Now I think this is kind of cool. Look at 1 Peter 3 and see just what a submissive spirit can do. First of all, submission is a offensive weapon; it can win over a disobedient husband (vs. 1). Unlike earthly weapons, it is hidden away,Â incorruptible, and most important, it is precious in the sight of God (vs. 4).
Secondly, it is a defensive weapon, protecting your own heart from the fear of man (vs. 14), and bringing shame on the revilers who level a charge against you (vs. 16) for righteousness’ sake.
When we gladly submit to God and fear Him (and not man), we are protected by His peace which passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). This enables us to submit to those authorities placed over us without fear.