Be Subject to One Another

September 27, 2014

“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” – Ephesians 5:21

This next statement really got my attention. (I hope it does yours!) Every single day of the year in America, more than 3,571 marriages end in divorce. More than 50 percent of the children in America’s public schools live in single-parent homes. Of the nation’s children who live apart from their biological fathers, 50 percent have never set foot in their father’s home. (1)

Sometimes, when I’m performing a wedding ceremony and we are reciting the vow “till death do us part,” I realize that, in reality, the marriage outlook is more often, “Till death do us part, or we just get tired of each other!” What has changed that has made divorce an okay outlet? Is it our advancement in technology? Or our lack of communication? The answer to this selfish focus is found in our verse today from Ephesians. “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” What does it mean to be subject to? Well, “be subject to” is an old military term in the Greek. It means to rank under; it means someone has authority over another. God’s solution to the “me-focus” is found in this rather militaristic phrase. Both husband and wife must be subject to each other, concentrating on the needs of the family rather than the urges of the individual. After all, that’s what you signed up for when you promised before God, “till death do us part.”

(1)SBC Life “Kingdom Families.”