Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Submitting isn’t usually an issue on a day-to-day basis. It seems, however, to become an issue when we are not in agreement with our husband’s decisions. Let’s take a look at what we are being asked to do:
Submit: To yield, resign or surrender to the power, will or authority of another;
Subject: 1. Placed or situate under. 2. Being under the power and dominion of another;
Let’s take a look at a corporation with a CEO, President, Vice President, etc. The CEO has the final word in the decision process. The President leads the corporation and the Vice President acts in place of the President when he is not present. However, the Vice President does not change the corporate laws and regulations set in place. For example, if the corporation (where the CEO has signed off on it) has agreed to purchase a new mega telephone server, the Vice President can’t undo this when the President goes out of town without first checking with the President, who then in turn checks with the CEO. Does that make sense? Both offices submit to the CEO, in essence. I hope you’re following me as I am going to make a point here. 🙂
The home is very much like a corporation. The Lord Jesus Christ is the CEO of the home, along with His Word. The husband is the President and the wife is the Vice President. The President checks with the CEO (the Lord Jesus through His Word and prayer) for decisions that need to be made for his home. When those decisions are in line with God’s Word, the Vice President does not have authority to simply go her own way or do her own thing. She must submit to her husband and the Lord Jesus.
Why does the world understand this submission in the corporate environment yet a wife cannot in a Christian home? She is not the leader … period. She does not make the final decisions for the home … period. Her husband does not submit to her authority … period. Finally, the Lord Jesus does not change His Word to accommodate a wife’s rebellion.
Which is it in your home, dear Christian lady? Do you have a godly husband who loves the Lord and strives to obey Him? Be thankful! There are Christian wives out there who are married to unbelievers or disobedient husbands that would give their eye teeth to be in your shoes! Don’t take his leadership lightly. Christ ordained marriage and its roles for a purpose. Do to otherwise is to live in rebellion to God’s Word and, therefore, be open to chastisement from the Lord. If your home is filled with strife, take a step back and do inventory on your role as the Vice President (helpmeet) of your home.