How’s your marriage?
Are you living happily ever after?
Or did you make a New Year’s resolution to work on your marriage?
In the coming weeks the DDCommunity blog posts will focus on Marriages that Minister: A Portrait of Christ and His Bride. Our first work entitled Desperate Dependency: Finding Christ Relevant to Every Area of Life laid the foundation for us to build Marriages that Minister. As we challenge readers to find Christ relevant in every area of life through Desperate Dependency, we now challenge readers to find Christ relevant in every area of marriage. When a marriage matures in finding Christ relevant, it becomes a dramatic depiction of a masterpiece marriage that ministers.
Our society has been lulled into complacency, and unfortunately the Christian community has followed suit. A committed relationship with Christ is not the automatic result of saying a sinner’s prayer any more than a committed marriage is the automatic outcome of a wedding ceremony. Too often when we strive to make our marriages better, we only seek ways to make life more comfortable for ourselves instead of attempting to understand the design of God for marriage. Marriages that Minister will challenge you to think differently about your marriage.
The promise of “I do” should begin a commitment to minister God’s covenant faithfulness with and to your spouse.
The apostle Paul elaborated on his job description, which should also be our job description.
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (Eph. 3:7–10 ESV)
Did you happen to notice the fact that when we reveal the mystery of God, as we are to do with our marriage, that we are making known the manifold wisdom to God to rulers and authorities in the heavenly places? We are not just talking about being an example to our kids, or even the watching world; we are on display to the angels and rulers outside this earthly realm! Our responsibility to glorify God extends to the heavens, not just here on earth! Wouldn’t you agree with us that we have a lot to learn in order to be an example to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places so that they may be able to glorify God more fully?
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“O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt his name together” (Ps. 34:3 KJV)
(excerpts from Marriages that Minister by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)