Ephesians 5:22-25, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
The Bible says that houses built on rock will stand, but those built on sand are bound to fall. Jesus’ words regarding the wise and foolish builders are extremely relevant in today's crazy culture. Marriages with firm foundations understand an often misinterpreted word—a term God meant for good, yet it’s been demonized in recent years—submission. As Christ followers, we understand that submission, or rather humility in action, is an example of confidence in who and Whose we are in Christ.
The Apostle Paul often gets a bad rap for being a chauvinist. But if we believe in the inerrancy of God’s Word, then we support his writing in the proper context—not pretext. Ephesians 5:22-24 says wives are to submit to their husbands. This doesn’t mean women should walk ten paces behind men with their heads bowed. No, they have strengths in which their husbands should submit to as well. As coheirs in Christ, men and women are equal in form, but unique in function. Paul also wrote for husbands to love their wives as Jesus loves the church! This implies honor, necessity, and an understanding of God’s wisdom. Successful families work because they are built on the Rock—that is Christ.
Thank God for the institution of marriage. Ask His Spirit to remind you of Christ’s humility on the cross. And pray for others struggling with the term submission, to gain an understanding of its importance in knowing Christ.
Read Philippians 2:1-11 as a reminder of the biblical meaning of submission, humility, and obedience within God’s economy.