Archive for March 11th, 2008

PIP

At one particular wedding I heard an amazing three-point message of wisdom. 

When a husband and wife are married they walk into three things:

  • Priority
  • Intimacy and
  • Power

Priority—No person will be more important to the husband than his wife.  The same goes for the wife.  They are each others’ priority. 

Intimacy—no other person will know you better than your husband or wife.  Sometimes they will know you better than you know yourself…

Power—When two stand together they are a much more powerful force than one.  They are able to face whatever the world throws at them because they know someone is right there with them. 

 

I love the thought that the same can be true in my relationship with Christ. 

 

Priority—Christ should be my priority.  I’m His.  Time with Him should be the most important time in my whole day.

Intimacy—No other person will know me better than God.  My faults, doubts, struggles and fears…

Power—because I stand with Him I am able to face whatever the world throws my way.  With Him by my side I have power. 

 Do you agree?  Which of the three do you desire most at this point in your life?

Sheep and lovers

“Marriage is a picture of the relationship God longs to have with us.”

 

I’ve heard this said before.  You probably have too.  But as I heard it from the pulpit, as the beautiful white-clad bride stood by her husband-to-be, the truth of it rang fresh in my ears.  He went on to explain it like this:

 

First, Christ calls us SLAVES—He bought us.  We belong to Him. 

But as we learn more about our relationship with Him, He says we become His SHEEP and He our shepherd—but sheep are dumb and have to be led around…

So as our understanding of Him continues to grow he longs to call us CHILDREN—having more interaction with Him, taking what He’s taught us and learning to walk it out. 

But an even greater connection begs to be had… so as we grow he calls us…

FRIEND—“no longer are you a servant who does not know your master’s business,” nor a child who has no say.  We are God’s friend.  We can share our deepest secrets, desires, hurts and dreams.  

But for Christ, His love for us runs even deeper; deeper than we really imagine.  So He gives us an example of His love in the picture of a husband and wife. 

He calls us His LOVER—Christ longs to love us THAT deeply.  The way a husband loves his wife.  Intimately.  Fully.  Unconditionally.  He longs to know my every detail and what’s more, He longs for me to know His in return.   

I know this may speak volumes to the women, but I want to hear from the men…

 

How do you apply the truth that we are God’s lovers?  How does this progression of relationship look in your life? 

Everyone: Where would you say you are in your walk at this moment? Which word do you see yourself in the most?  

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