I never knew how much insight being a bride of my husband would give me into what its like to be the bride of Christ. The lesson all began last night when I was getting ready for bed. I was filling up our humidifier when I clumsily spilled water all down my freshly donned pajama pants. My husband came running into the room to see what the noise was about. He might have thought that I had seen a mouse the way I screeched. I pulled out the blow dryer and reached up to plug it in when he said, “let me do it”. He positioned himself in front of me sitting on the floor and gently cleaned up the mess I had made. If I never heard the gospel of grace I might have pushed him off assuming he thought I was a weak and helpless woman, but I allowed him to help me and what a blessing of revelation I received!
A tear trickled down my cheek in this silly moment because I finally realized the context of what Eph 5 talks about. Verse 22-23 says, “Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church…” The word subject in Greek is a military term meaning ‘to arrange under one’s authority,’ as a general arranges his regiments. I think that is an interesting word to have picked because Jesus positioned Himself below His bride, laid down His life for her and came to her rescue. Can you imagine if an army official came to train the men under his directive, and instead of laying down the law taught order by taking full responsibility for when they’ve blown it by cleaning up after their mistakes? What then would submission to authority look like?
I can only tell you what it looked like for me when my husband knelt down to serve me instead of yell at me for making a mistake. When the order given for me to submit to was, “let me serve you” submission looked like a resounding, “yes!” And what a beautiful picture of enabling him to be everything God has called Him to be by being the submissive wife God has called me to be!
Even the unmarried can live this life of submission. In verse 21 of Ephesians 5 it says, “and be subject to one another”. And so body of Christ, we get to serve just as Christ served us! What an amazing joy to see!