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"Married-ish - Love Godly"Stuart JonesEphesians 5:21 tells us to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Is “out of reverence for Christ” what you’re thinking when your mom or dad tells you to take out the trash? Probably not. Is it what you’re thinking when you pull over because a police cruiser comes behind you and turns on its blue flashing lights? Probably not. You’re thinking about a lot of things other than the idea of submission as you put your car in park and pull out your driver’s license. But the Bible tells us in Romans 13:1 “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Just what is submission? It’s been defined as a voluntary attitude of giving in, of cooperation. Shelley Poston says that “Submission takes humility. It also takes a lot of prayer and relying on the Holy Spirit.” We’re told basically the same thing in James 4:7 “So, humble yourselves before God.” If you’re still having problems with the concept of submission, just think about the ultimate example of submission that we see in Christ. As Jesus was facing His own cruel death, He had the power to save Himself. Instead, He went to the Mount of Olives to pray and gave in to what His Father was asking of Him. He taught the true meaning of submission as He “knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’” (Luke 22:41b-43) If He voluntarily gave in to dying on the cross as His submission to God’s will for Him, can we do anything less than submit “to one another out of reverence for Christ”?