Submission in the life of a believer is certainly not a popular topic in this day of lawlessness and the
quest for “personal fulfillment,” but it is an important one. Peter applied the theme of submission to
the life of a believer as a citizen, worker, marriage partner, and member of the Christian assembly.
Submission does not mean slavery or subjugation, but simply the recognition of God’s authority in
our lives. God has established the home, human government, and the church, and He has the right to
tell us how these institutions should be run.
God wants each of us to exercise authority; but before we can exercise authority, we must be under
authority. Satan’s offer to our first parents was freedom without authority, but they ended up losing
both freedom and authority. The prodigal son found his freedom when he yielded to his father’s will.
Scripture says: “All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth
the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).
Also consider: 1 Peter 2:11-3:12.
Action assignment: Make it a definite action to submit your will to God today. Ask His help in
exercising authority at work and at home.
WARREN W. WIERSBE