“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21
A few years ago on Facebook, a number of people all over the globe changed their profile pictures to their doppelgangers (translation: celebrity look-alikes). It was a funny way of poking fun at who we or our friends thought we might look like, or even imitated in our daily lives. Spiritually speaking, we are called, in Ephesians 5, to be " imitators of God." What that means is not that we work hard to be like Jesus, but that we abide in Christ and the overflow of that abiding is His very life being pressed out through us. As we spend time with Him, we begin to look like Him. So what did Christ look like? Paul says, in Philippians 2, " Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus...[He] emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant." (Phil 2:5-7). Jesus, you see, was a servant. He had all the authority in the universe, yet chose to be a servant and submit to people and rulers on earth. As we abide in Christ, the fruit of His spirit will produce submission to and service toward our brothers and sisters in Christ.
As you head into today, ask yourself, "Am I allowing Christ's life in me to produce an attitude of a submission and service?"