All I have is my own experience to speak about, but grieves me to see so many people, Christians and not, who don’t understand submission, meekness, and humility. Even the Lord, with all of his power, submitted, was meek and is meek (he even allows us to do our will despite his power), and was/is humble (even though he has all the reason to tell us off).
Some may say that my life looks religious, it’s a far cry from anything religious, I don’t do what I do because I feel guilty, or I might, or I’m trying to “earn my way” for anyone, anything, heaven, nor God. I do what I do because when I do things my way, my life just isn’t full, I find myself climbing and going down, I look around running towards something but ending up where I started, and I try to get close to people and end up further away.
I am submitted to my job, not to “show off”, not even to “move ahead”, I’m submitted because Jesus says to love your neighbor, and when you do, peace is at hand. I am meek, meaning I am confident yet do not overuse what I know or what power I do have, because encouraging others and helping others helps everyone. I would like to say I’m humble, and with most external things I am, I know where I could exert myself but I restrain, because after years (and much more time is needed) of climbing up and going down, I have learned that turning the other cheek, not gloating about myself, and living in a fallen world and not complaining has brought a peace that only comes by living humbly. I mess this up on an almost daily basis, but even catching myself allows His light to shine.
For me, I submit because I have learned that serving others is extremely rewarding, not in a material way (although the Lord has blessed us immensely, and I know it has been because we choose to submit to His will and serve our neighbors, and because he’s gracious, that’s actually the first reason). The blessings of submission lead to life long relationships, peace, understanding, authentic forgiveness, and keep us where we belong, focused on the Lord, Others, and it allows Him to use us and provide for us.