Submit to One Another


A Call to Community

Key Bible Verse: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Philippians 2:1-11

Ephesians 5:21 teaches us to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” It is actually quite an interesting statement. You would expect “submit to one another out of respect for one another” or something similar. But the verse’s focus is heavenward, with reverence for Christ. In other words, it is an act of worship to submit to one another. A culture of mutual submission allows us to serve one another humbly in love. How do we enter into this life of mutual submission? We journey once again to the cross. There we find our purpose and rediscover our true identity.

In the upper room, Jesus was completing his preparation for the cross, his entire life and ministry having been devoted to that cause. Jesus embraced the cross despite its shame and terror. Luke records the turning point in Jesus’s earthly ministry when he began the final leg of his journey to the cross. “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). In the upper room, when Jesus picked up the towel, he was acting out a mini-drama, a preview of what sacrificial service looks like, a precursor to the ultimate sacrifice made at Calvary.

– Bill Donahue in The Irresistible Community

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