In our world today, submission is almost universally viewed as a negative quality. However, submission, when understood in the context of Jesus’s life, is a beautiful and freeing concept.
In Mark 8:34-35, Jesus tells his disciples that “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me; for whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s shall save it.” Clearly Jesus was teaching his disciples, and us, that self-denial is the path we are to follow. It is the path that Jesus followed during his life and his death on the cross. Submission leads to freedom. It is the freedom of not always needing to get our own way. When we learn to live that submissive lifestyle, our happiness is not dependent upon getting what we want.