Submission is a competition…

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The word “submission” is one that makes us wince in today’s culture. We don’t like that word… In the realm of Christianity and faith, that word gets pretty convoluted and confusing. There’s the famous “wives submit to your husbands” that gets a lot of negative attention. Even though the command Paul then gives to the husband is the same when he says, “husbands, love your wives.” How is that the same as submitting? Because love is a submission competition!

But this doesn’t just pertain to marriages… Think about your context, whatever that may be… In that same context what would happen if you elected to try and outdo the other in submission-like love? Whether husband and wife, employee and employer, in the board room, or on the field. I’ve also hear it stated like this: love is a race to the end of the line. The sentiment speaks to placing others above yourself, always. To worry about adding value onto another human being, even if it costs you to forfeit your own “right.”

This would shake our culture. It would shake our world. But how would it even start?… With you!

Over the weekend, someone asked me this question: “If someone, 100 years from now, picked up a biography written about you; what would you want it to say?” I knew my answer immediately. I would want mine to say that I reclaimed my family name as one with integrity and selfless love. I would want it to say that I added value onto every person I knew. How about you? What would your answer be?

My challenge to all of us is to live a life that races to the end of the line. To make our key relationships a submission competition to outdo one another in selfless love. I can’t help but think the world will take notice… I think they will take notice because they did when Jesus came and challenged his followers with this new command: love one another as I have love you. By this they will know you are my disciples, if you love one another. It shook the world once, it can still do it again and will!


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