Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. (Ephesians 5:22-23)
This doesn’t sound much like what we read in the magazines or hear on TV does it? I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded of this command – often. Being stubborn and strong-willed, this is an area in my own life where the Lord has a lot of work to do. Right now some of you are thinking “you don’t know what my husband is like”, or “what if my husband takes advantage of me”, or maybe “who’s going to meet my needs”. Wrong thinking, wrong message. There are three good reasons that I’m pretty sure you think that way.
Reason #1: God said you would (To the woman he said, “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Genesis 3:16b).
Reason #2: You tell me that’s how you think (see reason #1).
Reason #3: It’s how my mind works (see reason #1). As the Lord continues to work in my own life concerning submission, I find that my load doesn’t grow heavier, surprisingly (to me) it grows lighter. As I come to be more and more obedient to God’s command, and more and more dependent on His grace, I am enjoying many blessings in my relationship with my husband and with my Lord. Still not sure? Here is another passage that helps me when I struggle with submission:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, (Colossians 3:23)
When we do all things for the glory of God we don’t see burdens, we see beauty. Go ahead, try it.