As I was looking into the word submit and its meaning, I came across the Greek translation: hupotasso (Hupo means “under” and tasso means “to arrange”). Essentially this word means to be under obedience. I found in a couple of different locations that this word, hupotasso, was used as a military term, “to arrange troop divisions under the command of a leader.”
The word submit is not a term that people in this world really like to hear. To submit to someone is to be weak and powerless. Who wants to give up their ego to be under someone else’s authority? It’s all about working hard and pushing down whoever and whatever gets in the way so that you can make it to the top. It’s all about me and what I want! In 1 Timothy 6:9 it says, “But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.” This kind of lifestyle is unfulfilling and leads only to temporary happiness. There is only one way to eternal happiness, and that is in believing in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Let’s take that military definition of submission and apply it to the life of a Christian: to arrange your life under the command of the Great Leader, Jesus Christ. We have to give up our own desires to be something great in this world, and submit to the will of God in our lives, allowing Him to turn our weakness into something great for His glory!
“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
James 4: 7-8
One way to submit to God is to draw near to Him through prayer and studying His Word. He does not care about our qualifications: how smart we are or how much money we make. Rather, he cares about having a personal relationship with us. We are to invest time in His word and truly know Him. In order to have an intimate relationship with someone, you have to know them. You have to understand their character, know what they love, and what they are passionate about, etc. How can we know these things about Jesus Christ if we don’t spend time in His presence? Another way to submit to God is to unconditionally obey Him and His Word. In order to call ourselves Christians, or followers of Christ, we must be obedient to His Word. Our lives should reflect that of Christ’s. Jesus Christ was obedient to the will of His Father. So much so that He willingly died on the cross for our sins (Philippians 2:8). Our lives on this Earth should point people to the Word of God.
I realize that I have to make daily commitments to submit to God and His Word, and in doing this it will lead to a path of great blessing. I’m not talking about money, fame, a great job, a perfect husband, and a nice house/car, but about spiritual blessings:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”
God’s spiritual blessings are given to man through Jesus Christ. What are these spiritual blessings that Paul speaks of? The following verses of Ephesians 1 point out the blessings that Christians have received through our Lord Jesus:
- We are made holy and blameless through Christ (vs. 4): God has sanctified us and set us apart through His Son.
- We are adopted as His children (vs. 5): We have done nothing to deserve this type of love. When we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are adopted into His precious family. We are privileged to be called His children.
- We are accepted in the Beloved (vs. 6): We, who do not deserve His love, have been accepted by God through Jesus Christ.
- Our sins are forgiven through Christ Jesus (vs. 7): As humans we are not perfect and deserve punishment for our sins, but there is joy in knowing that we did not get what we deserved because of the price that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ paid on the cross. It is through His precious blood that we are forgiven.
- We have obtained an inheritance (vs. 11): In Christ there is a hope for eternal blessings in heaven! We will one day be united with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven!
How awesome is that? We have all these spiritual blessings through Christ, and all we are called to do is believe and obey. We have been given God’s Word, not to just pick it up once a week to take to church, but to read it, examine it, and understand who He is through it. What are we doing with the truths that He has given us? Do we listen to His word every Sunday and just soak it up like a sponge, or are we using His word to grow us so that we can bring others to Him? Submit to Him in obedience and you will begin to experience His powerful presence in your life. Set your mind on your spiritual blessings and see how God will renew your heart and mind. We have a great inheritance waiting for us in Heaven! Believe, submit, and live for Jesus Christ!