I cannot believe how foreign a concept “submission” is to God’s people.
In our flesh, we hate the idea of “submission” because we want to do what we want to do. However, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we learn to surrender to Christ and His Plan for our lives. We submit our will to do the Will of God (Phil. 2:13).
Practically speaking, to whom are you spiritually submitted? Your pastor? An elder? A deacon? Do these people really know you? Can you call on them when you need biblical wisdom and direction?
I encourage you to find someone who can spiritually direct you. This person likely would be a leader in your church, available to you, biblically-knowledgeable, and has a heart for God which means the person would not take advantage of you. Submit to this person’s leadership in your life unless the person tells you to sin because you do NOT have to submit because we are never to sin against God for any reason.
Pastoral care is best for submitted vessels who understand that God honors the spiritual authority of His appointed undershepherds who are to lead the flock of God.
The beauty of submission is that it actually gives you freedom and peace of mind knowing that God is pleased when we submit to the spiritual authorities in our lives.
-Mark (grateful for this wonderful principle that has been lost in much of the church world today)