Marriage Like God Intended

The beauty of marriage can never be fully understood apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ. That relationship is open to everyone.

Marriage between a man and a woman is meant to reflect the relationship between Christ and the Church. That relationship between Christ and the Church is certainly profound and amazing. Christ came to earth as a man, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross for our sins, taking the punishment we so richly deserved, he is now in heaven interceding for us and will one day return to take us as his own. In the meantime the Church depends on him, serves him, and seeks to glorify him in all of life.

In Ephesians 5 Paul is saying, in effect, “Guess what, your marriage is kind of like that!” So, although this truth about your marriage is something you can understand, it still ought to be profoundly mysterious and amazing, for it makes your marriage as holy a human relationship as one can imagine.

Many marriages struggle because they do not see their marriage as profound, mysterious or amazing. They only see themselves as two married people. It is all too common to have a marriage centered on you, your spouse, your kids, your goals or anything else that people can try to live that God did not intend.

As Christians, we have an incredible privilege of knowing the ultimate purpose for marriage. We can see that the purpose of marriage goes beyond personal fulfillment. The biblical purpose of marriage is not man-centered. It’s God’s centered. Your marriage is meant to point to the truth of the crucified and risen Savior who will return for his Bride, the church.

Your marriage is meant to be, by the grace of God, the best echo, the most faithful reflection of that relationship you can possibly be. It’s about being genuinely united in a strong, godly, intimate relationship that echoes the one between Christ and the Church.

Please don’t think of this as merely a helpful illustration or an interesting perspective. It’s much more than that. This is the essence of your marriage. This is the divine purpose of your marriage. But unless you grasp this – unless there’s a conviction that marriage is ultimately meant to bring glory to God by echoing the relationship between Christ and the Church – your marriage will only be superficial and your fulfillment will be temporary. But by God’s grace and power, marriage can reflect, in some real yet imperfect way, the relationship between Christ and the church.

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Being Careless!

This is my nugget of the month. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

The word ‘trust’ has an interesting meaning. When I first saw this meaning, I reacted to it. It means ‘careless’. When you hear the word ‘careless’, you normally think about irresponsible behavior such as a ‘careless’ driver. But it also has a positive meaning. It means ‘care-less’.

When my kids were little, I would tell them that we were going on vacation. They would get giddy with excitement. Never once did they say, ‘how we going to pay for this?’; ‘where we going to stay?’; ‘is our car road worthy?’; ‘where we going to eat?’; etc. etc. etc.

You see…my kids were ‘careless’. They didn’t think about any of that because they knew that their daddy was the daddy of the details. Oh I was planning all of that. I was busy as a little bee working our all the plans. But not my kids! They were careless!!!

So…trust in the Lord! Be careless!!! Because my heavenly Father is the ‘daddy of the details’!!! Cast all those cares on Him for He cares for you!!!

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Are You Serious?

Are you serious about being a Strong Warrior Man of God? Are you serious about being a Strong Warrior Virtuous Woman?
 
If so, there are 7 commitments you need to make! This is not for ‘spiritual snow flakes’! This is for men who really love their family…for women who hold their children as treasures!
 
The moral and spiritual climate we exist in aims to change your family into the world’s image. You have to stop that! You need to be committed to cause of raising a Godly family
 
1. Pray Daily: Connecting with God while Changing the World
 
2. Fast Weekly: Positioning Ourselves to Freely Receive More from God
 
3. Do Justly: Being Zealous for Good Works that Exalt Jesus
 
4. Give Extravagantly: The Joy of Financial Power Encounters
 
5. Live Holy: Living Fascinated in the Pleasure of Loving God
 
6. Lead Diligently: Taking Initiative to Minister to Others
 
7. Speak Boldly: Being a Faithful Witness
 
If you want details on how to do this, I can send you specifics!
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