Get in Position!

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives.

-1 Peter 3:1

I will never stop telling you that you have power! As a wife, God has given you tremendous power and influence with your husband. Your conduct...your words...your life will either draw him closer to Christ or push him further away. Take a moment to read that last sentence again. Your conduct draws him or pushes him away. That power lies in you.

You can use your influence like Jezebel who was controlling and manipulative and ultimately caused her husband destruction. You can use your influence like Delilah, who was manipulative and deceptive and sweet-talked Samson into his destruction as well. Or, you can choose to be a blessing to your husband like Mary was to Joseph or Abigail was to Nabal. The choice is yours.

But in order to operate in power and influence you must be in position. 

God has established order for our homes. He is the head of us all, and then our husbands are the head of homes. If we operate in this way, we will see the blessings and the benefits. The problem is that we don't like this, so we try to be the head of our homes, and God simply won't bless disorder. Look at what 1 Peter 3:1 says:

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives.

-1 Peter 3:1

Being submissive to your husband is a topic that has gained a lot of controversy over the years. We have been taught that submission is like slavery, but it really isn't. We've been taught that submission means obedience, but it doesn't mean that either. Submission isn't about who is better or more powerful. It's not about who knows more or even who is right. Submission is about being in position. Submission means to get under and lift up. We must get under the mission of Christ, and lift it up. That also means getting in position with our husbands, and lifting them up. We should support them to reach their full potential.

Submission doesn't mean that we don't voice our opinions or disagree. Submission means that we don't undermine our husbands or try to take their place. There is a difference. We voice our opinions in an appropriate way, and we leave the results to God. We don't try to manipulate, convince, or force our husbands to do it our way. We don't try to make them be something that they are not.

We must get under God's mission so that we aren't blocking our husband's view of Christ. We get low - humble ourselves - so that our husbands see Christ in us very clearly. Then they will be drawn to Him...without a word from us! That's a promise from God. You don't have to argue, nag, or complain. Simply get in position and let the Holy Spirit do the heavy lifting!

Submission = protection. There is no safer place to be than in God's will, and it's His will for us to submit to our husbands. He isn't taking a vote, and there are no amendments to His word. Get in a position of safety and submission. Trust me, God will deal with your husband when he is not leading the way he should.

It is our husband's job to cover us, but they can't do it if we are out of position. Let him cover you - get in position!

Debra CheekComment