1 Peter 2:18-19 NIV 2011
Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God.
Peter encouraged the faithful who struggled at times to live holy lives. Believers and non-believers had slaves, household helpers. The relationship was much like an employer and employee today. Ephesians 6:5, “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” God is ultimately in control of every situation. Ephesians 6:7, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” Paul offers comfort in Romans 13:3a, “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong.” Servants of the Savior surrender their saved lives in submission to Him.
Merriam Webster, “submission: an act of submitting to the authority or control of another.” Deciding to follow Jesus I chose to surrender and submit my life to Him. In our world there is too much “stuff” that gets in the way of submitting on a daily basis. Small distractions cloud my ability to serve and surrender. I feel like Paul in Romans 7:15a, “I do not understand what I do.” I’m a sinner saved by Jesus surrendering in submission to Him.
Why is submission part of surrendering to Jesus?