We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

Extra Strength

Sit, Walk, Stand: Submission God’s Way {Sunday, July, 12, 2015}

by John Worth

Well this past Sunday morning two areas that take up much of my life flashed across the screens: marriage and parenting. I knew it would be a morning where I’d have to really pay attention.

As I reflect on Sunday’s message, a couple things stand out to me even several days later. The first is that Paul instructs wives to submit to their husband as the “head” or authority of the relationship. This is not new to me having spent my entire life in the church; however, I’ve been thinking of it in a different light this week. If my wife is submitting to me as the leader or authority in our family that means I alone am ultimately responsible for the outcome of our relationship and family.

Much like the general of an army I have to make the final call and must take responsibility for the outcome. The longer I internalize this the more I realize how extremely weighty this responsibility is. If we are to act in the same way Christ did and emulate the way He treats His bride, the Church, I quickly realize how far off the mark my efforts really have been. That time I secretly blamed my wife for a decision we made together or the time I chalked up my less than ideal behavior as just being stressed, even the time where I worked on my computer so I wouldn’t have to deal with the kids– all of those times I see how little I was taking the role of authority seriously and instead was trying to sneak to the back of the responsibility line.

That then brought up the second thing that hit me out of nowhere. If that imperfect authority title applies to me more often than I’d prefer to admit then I’d better be asking for God’s help in being like Jesus for my family and not looking down on others who might seem to have it less together than I do. The song we sang “Broken Vessels” by Hillsong Worship, reminded me how little I really have to offer my family apart from God’s grace in my own life. There were three people that came to mind when I was thinking of how God can take broken mothers and fathers and make them whole. These three have not been ideal mothers or fathers and to my knowledge are far from God, but they don’t deserve any less grace than I do. God can take any family and help us not only understand what submission truly means but to live it out as well.

Jesus made the ultimate submission of His will to God because of His love for the Church and we should strive for no less in our families. This week I will be continuing to look at the way I am submitting in my marriage, as a parent and as child in order to better follow the example of Jesus that Joe walked us through Sunday.

 John Worth is a lifelong attender of Immanuel and husband to Hyacynth. John’s two boys keep him and Hy on their toes most evenings. When he’s not nose deep in spreadsheets at work John enjoys helping others navigate the waters of life.





Be Challenged:

  • As you think about your role as a husband as it relates to submission, where do you feel that you are falling short? Ask God to point those areas out to you so that you can bring them before Him to be chipped away.

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