What is it that keeps us from allowing ourselves to be submissive? It’s not as if there are not plenty of opportunities. We have so many areas of authority over us. You would think we would get it eventually. We all have jobs and with jobs comes bosses. We all have homes and with homes comes governments. Our kids will participate in sports and with that comes recognizing the authority of the officials. Many of us are married and with marriages comes a spouse. Even those of us who are a part of a church has church leadership that we should be submissive to.
Yet, we constantly find ourselves fighting back against our authority. Our mind is bent to disobey and do our own thing. Now granted, you could find yourself in a position where the authority over you is abusing their power. I am not saying that you should take a submissive mindset into every situation. However, I am going to suggest here that it might be to your benefit to give in from time to time. Allowing someone else to guide your decisions and plan your steps can be liberating every once in a while.
Here are my top five reasons for taking on a submissive mindset.
Top 5 Reasons to be Submissive
Reason #1: If you are a Christian, the Bible supports it. Paul reminds us to “let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God”. (Romans 13:1, ESV) This one can be difficult because that seems to include even the authority positions that we see as bad. Regardless, this indicates that all members of authority have been put in their place by the creator of all things and our obligation is then to recognize that authority.
Reason #2: It can be incredibly healthy for a marriage, as long as it is not gender-exclusive. This is not a statement about women being submissive to men. Instead, both parties of a marriage should strive to be submissive to each other in order to serve the other person’s needs. This is major part of having a succesful marriage.
Reason #3: Submission to authority can help you to realize the full protection that is provided to you because of it. This is an across the board statement. This could be in regards to government protection or local protection. It can be in regards to financial protection or spiritual protection. When we fight the authority that is over us, it is very difficult to simultaneously appreciate the benefits that are available. A perfect example is found in individuals who constantly break the law. It is much less likely that an person in that position will enjoy the safety that the law provides.
Reason #4: Having authority figures over us actually provides with a more stable and long-lasting life. A nation that is not constantly under the threat of government overthrow or anarchy can provide stability that is not otherwise available.
Reason #5: The ability to improve yourself is greater when you become submissive to authority. The mindset that you are your own person that simply cannot be told what to do will often get in the way of the desire to grow as an individual. Those who are too headstrong to acknowledge their authorities will very rarely see areas where they themselves need personal growth. Stepping back from the idols that we build out of ourselves can often open up a time for personal growth that would not otherwise be available.
So, there you have it. I know it’s hard. Nobody wants to admit it. However, the more I consider it, the more obvious it becomes. Recognizing that there are multiple areas of authority over our lives and becoming submissive to the rules and laws of each area will actually improve our lives.
What do you think? Am I spot on or is this just crazy talk? Am I just trying to get you to drink the Kool-Aid? Let me know in the comments section below or on whatever social media thread that you are viewing this from.
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