Submission has become a negative word in our society. We see it as something forced upon us by those who think they are in authority over us. Submission in the Scriptures means something completely different. It is a conscious choice that we make to submit first to God and then to whomever He tells me to submit to. My wife is incredibly intelligent and a powerful leader, but she willingly puts herself under my authority simply because her life is submitted to God. We argue about certain issues, but she always allows me to lead as she provides wise counsel and constructive criticism. That is Biblical submission. By the way, that kind of submission impacts our children, as well. They see and hear her respect for me and for the position God has placed me in, and they follow her lead and submit, as well. In reality, we should choose that kind of response in every circumstance we face. We cannot be "harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit" if we have not made that choice to submit our lives to God and to those He has placed in our lives. When we do so, then we are ready to "make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is within you." I have been saved by the blood of Jesus and am being sanctified by the Holy Spirit; therefore, I know what He has done in me and what He is doing in me and will gladly give an account of it to anyone or everyone who asks. I do that not for my glory, but to the glory of God the Father who I have submitted my life to.

Help me, Lord, to live in submission to You and to the authorities You have placed in my life. Help me to always be ready to give an account for this amazing work You have done in me.