Welcome to DAY 27 of our online Bible study on Ephesians!

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DAY 27

Read: Ephesians 6:5-9

As I hear of a new job requirement, my face tightens and my head tilts. I suck in a large breath of air and barely control the urge to roll my eyes.

I have been given at least a month’s worth of additional work. I am expected to complete the work soon, and I am expected to complete the work happily. My boss is sorry, and yes, it’s not fair, and no, it’s not forever, but yes, I need to get started. As in, there will be no discussion. As in, go ahead and leave my office. As in, didn’t you just hear how much work you have to do?

I huff away and realize I have a teensy problem, and it’s not a problem with the extra work. It’s a problem with submission.

I don’t like to submit. I don’t even like the word submit.

Submit.

It’s so tiny and unassuming, and for some reason, I link submission to insignificance.

Even when I hear the word submit in conversation, I toss my shoulders back and sit-up a bit straighter. I want to be heard. I want to stand firm. I want my ideas to count.

Why should I be the one to bow down in a world that always seems to be yelling?

My rebellious heart is probably similar to what Paul discovered when he reminded the Ephesians to obey with sincere hearts. After all, Jesus submitted. He submitted to unfair punishment from cruel masters. He submitted to an arrest, trial, and crucifixion, and He submitted to His Father.

“Again, for the second time, Jesus went away and prayer, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.'” (Matthew 26:42)

I have no idea how to practice such selfless love in my life, but I am pretty sure I need to focus on less huffing and more humbling.

After all, we know there is nothing small or insignificant about the King of Kings freely submitting Himself to us, His undeserving people.


 

~ Diving Deeper ~

Why is a heart of humility a requisite for godly submission?

 

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Amy Sullivan

Amy doesn’t always feel brave, but her picture book series, "Gutsy Girls: Strong Christian Women Who Impacted the World" allows her to comb through history and glean wisdom from the great women who came before her. Amy lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Connect with Amy at www.AmyLSullivan.com.

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