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The Motive and Model of Submission

Wives are told to submit to their husbands as to the Lord (Ephesians 5:22). Wives need to submit to their husbands as an act of submission to the Lord. Scripture reminds us, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man” (Colossians 3:23).

That very attitude can change the way you do everything. Billy Graham’s wife Ruth has a sign over her sink that reads, “Divine service done here daily.”

In other words: make that meal, change the diaper, sing that song, perform those household chores as if you were doing that job “unto the Lord,” and submit to your husband in the same way.

Those who are in authority over us do not always command our respect. They may not inspire us as we would like them to. We might even disagree with them at times. But we recognize that their authority comes from God. So we do those things for them as much as we do it “for the Lord.”

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