May 28, 2021 – Friday
Ephesians 5:21 NIV
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Ephesians 5:21 NCV
21 Yield to obey each other as you would to Christ.
When Luke Stephens, the assistant Pastor at Calvary Chapel of Dayton, taught on Ephesians 5:22-24 for wives, he used yield instead of submit and implied the same when he taught on Ephesians 5:24-33 for husbands. If you look up the word used in verse 21, it is the Greek hypotassō with the military meaning to subordinate oneself to another. However, it can also mean to yield.
Why do I find yield so useful here? It is because whether it is inside marriage or outside marriage simply between two believers, our pride gets in the way of submitting or yielding to another. Proverbs 13:10a describes this problem perfectly when it says, Where there is strife, there is pride. Almost all problems between believers and especially between believing husbands and wives is caused by pride. We might say our feelings are hurt, but in reality, all too often it is our pride that is hurt more than anything. And when our pride is hurt all too often, we become stiff-necked and angry.
Instead verse 21 above says we are to submit or yield to one another as we would to Christ. When Christ shows us where we are in error what are we to do? We are to submit to what He shows us and tells us no matter what our pride says. In fact, when He shows us there is not question about submitting or yielding to obey Him, we simply do it because of who He is. He is our Lord and Savior, our Creator. Do we really want to argue with Him? Of course not. And Paul says, we are to yield to one another just as we would yield to Christ. Easy to say, but not so easy to do. That’s why Paul gives more explicit instructions for wives and husbands. Still not so easy to do, but with specific guidelines easier to sight and go ahead and do it. Hopefully without the sighing, but with the same reverence we would in doing so for Christ.
When we look at the verses for wives and husbands – and later for children, fathers, slaves, and masters, we need to return to this verse as the foundation for all of these instructions, Submit/Yield to one another out of reverence for Christ. When our pride begins to get in the way, we need to remember we do what we do when we submit or yield, out of reverence for Christ. Out of reverence for God who took on the form of a man, never sinned and then took all of our sin upon Himself on the cross so that we might repent and accept His free gift of Grace. With this in mind, our pride can grow smaller and smaller as we truly do submit or yield in real reverence for what He has done for each and everyone of us.
Prayer: Dear Father, Let my pride grow less and less as I learn to submit and yield in reverence for You and Your Son. I am so grateful for the incredible gift of Grace. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.