“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting to one another in the fear of God.” – Ephesians 5:20-21 (NKJV)

This week, we learned that our lives, as believers, are not designed to be lived in isolation but in fellowship with our family in Christ. We belong to a community of believers who support one another on the faith journey. However, as in any gathering of people, misunderstandings can occur. Hence, Apostle Paul instructs us on how we should conduct ourselves as believers, especially with one another.

One of his instructions is that we should “submit to one another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:21). We demonstrate our honour for God and love for His people through our service to others, looking beyond ourselves and selflessly considering the interests and needs of others (Philippians 2:3).

Sadly, contrary to the Apostles’ teachings, some have misused scriptures to propagate vices such as slavery, racism, and the domination of one group over another. We are not taught to submit to any form of abuse, manipulation, or the callous whims of others.

The Apostles considered honour and service to one another in love something to be done willingly and delightfully (Romans 12:10, 1 Peter 5:2). They had been properly taught by Jesus and extended such examples to others. 

What did Jesus teach? Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:6-8 summed it up by saying that Jesus, despite being God, exhibited humility and servitude in His relations with men. By Jesus’ example, we ought to embrace and work in that attitude (Philippians 2:5).

We see further examples in how Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. He showed that leadership can be equated with humility and service. This helps us serve in the church. We must appreciate that submitting through service is an act of obedience and proof of a regenerated spirit.

In Christ, there is a message to believe, but also an example to follow. Just as Jesus did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many, we must also be willing to lay down ourselves in service to our brothers and sisters (Matthew 20:26, 23:11). 

So, go forth and serve! 

Bible Reading Plan: Acts 2

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