Ephesians 5:21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Verses 19 and 20 of this chapter give several practical ways in which Christians can express being filled with the Spirit. Here, Paul brings out another, which is mutual submission. Submission in the context of a Christian relationship includes the idea of putting someone else, and their needs, above ourselves. This is not for personal benefit, but rather out of “reverence for Christ.” When we serve others, we serve the Lord (Matthew 25:35–40).
This approach stands in stark contrast with worldly wisdom.
The world says put yourself first, or to help others so that you can benefit. Yet Paul offers a better and higher way, noting that our service to others is service to the Lord. This is an important principle in the church, in the workplace, and, as the following verses will show, in the context of marriage (Ephesians 5:22–33). This is an important part of following the example of Christ, who submitted to the will of the Father and gave Himself as a sacrifice for us.
We are not submitting in our relationships out of fear or to be sub-ordinate. We submit in relationship out of respect for Jesus Christ
What does this look like for you?
How do you react to the word ‘submission’?
This is a challenging, counter-cultural principle so take some time to process the challenge to submit and what does it mean in reality? Another way of putting it is = how can I serve this person?