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What Does It Mean to Submit?
All the passages below are taken from Elisabeth Elliot’s book “Secure in the Everlasting Arms,” published in 2002.
Jesus showed us the answer. Yet the question comes again and again. Women choke on it. Philippians 2:5-11 is the divine prescription:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death---even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Here is my friend Judith Lake's response to the question of submission:
I, being made in the image of God---a believer, a woman, and a wife, having equal worth in God's sight and equal access to the Lord as my husband---choose not to grasp after a position of equal leadership with my husband which is not my God-given place. Rather, I choose by God's grace to make myself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant which was the attitude of Jesus---desiring with all my heart to be humble like Him. I choose to be obedient to God's command to submit to my husband and die to myself. I understand that this decision will cause pain and suffering at times, but in those moments may I all the more identify with my Lord. When the cross is hard to bear, I pray for the will to give Him the burden of my heart and to learn to rest in Him. I trust God and His Word and am confident that He knows what is best for me. One day He will exalt me in heaven as one of His own who obeyed His will. By His grace, I will receive my reward worshiping Him in His presence forever, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord to the glory of God the Father.
"0 Lord, give us such a mighty love for Thee as may sweeten all our obedience. Let us not serve Thee with the spirit of bondage as slaves, but with the cheerfulness and gladness of children in delighting ourselves in Thee and rejoicing in Thy work. Amen. "(Benjamin Jenks, 1646-1724) [199-200]
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