Monday, October 12, 2009
Monday Musings... (Pondering a Sunday Sermon)
Honoring Your Husband...
"Treasuring is an attitude we carry in our hearts, a conviction we hold deep down inside. It's one big decision that plays itself out in 10,000 little decisions every day of our lives. This one giant choice to treasure your husband lights up a home like nothing else."
"It Takes Two to Tango" by Gary and Norma Smalley
Our wonderful pastor/preacher is starting a mini-series within a series. He is going through the book of Ephesians. He is on chapter 5, so you know it must be on husbands and wives right now. Yes. - That's the mini.
He started with the wives yesterday, part I of II. Pastor Ross is an awesome tool being used by God to speak to Christians today. I am thankful for him, for my church, and for all God is teaching me through HIS word. I am also grateful for the new realization I have of being a part of the body of Christ. Jesus is going to come back one day to take His bride....to reclaim her. That would be "The Church"...as in the body of fellowshipping believers and worshippers who corporately come together and make up a very unique family.
Are we broken? yes. Are we perfect? no. Do we always treat everybody with love and patience and grace like Christ does? no. Do we make mistakes that offend others in this family and bring grief to Christ? yes.
What does that say then? That we are humans. We are like everybody else in this world made in the image of God. We err. BUT...I say, BUT, we are forgiven. The price has been paid, once and for all...on a cross, for our sin and our continuing offenses. We are on a new path, in a new walk, forging new patterns of living in our lives. This separates us from "everybody else." And we gather into our family of believers saved by faith on Sunday. And we get fed and encouraged and chastised and loved. We NEED THIS. Yes, on a weekly basis...at least.
Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves with other brothers and sisters in Christ. You are called to be a part of the body...this "BRIDE" that Christ will come back and capture and reclaim one day...soon.
Wow... I somehow got off track there... but I shall leave it, as it is something I am learning intensely in my journey right now.
As far as finishing up with WHAT I STARTED out with...sigh...here it is.
Wives, your husband is your captain. Ordained by God to lead you, for better or worse, in his weaknesses and his strengths, in his failures and his victories.
In Christ...he is already a Champion. He is a man of God in the making.
Yet his role and rank are designed and defined. Already.
And ya know what?
You are his First Lieutenant. You are called to step in line behind him and follow him with the commitment to see him successful in his duties. You are to support him and cheer him on as he attempts to carry out this high calling, sometimes a heavy burden in his mind and on his heart. To take his little God-given squad, -his wife and children,- and get them through this world and all its spiritual battles, to victory. A war already won by Christ, but we are yet here, to fight for Christ our ultimate Commanding Officer...Commander In Chief.
How about it? Are you his best right hand man-(woman?) Are you the one he can depend on to be there no matter what, supporting and submitting to his orders delivered from the Lord?
I desire to see my husband successful in his high calling. I want to be that kind of supporting officer. I pray God will make me so. I count on the strength of Christ my Lord to help me DO IT.
This is what our pastor is preaching. He is good. My heart is overflowing with gratitude to God for him.
God is Good...All the time...God is Good.
Be a good woman of God.
Be an awesome soldier of Christ.
You are a daughter warrior of the King of Heaven. Stand Firm. Support your Captain.
Truly when you are submitting and obeying your husband, you are obeying the orders of God on High, and you are modeling true commitment and loyalty to your children...soldiers themselves, who will one day rise in rank.
"Never lose your bearing"...my much-loved and honorable Marine son would remind me.
Have a blessed week. Become a part of the Bride in waiting. Claim your rank in your family's unit. Honor and Treasure your husband for what he is going to become!
"For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything." (Ephesians 5:22-24)
Courage and Commitment to my sisters to carry out your orders... as unto Christ your Lord.