Well our dinner guests survived last Sunday night. Not only did they survive but we thrived and saw God bless the ministry of Dr. Mark Struck with the resources to produce 10,000 copies of “Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ” in the Telugu language. God loves to use the small things of life to do great things. He is an amazing God who can use each and every individuals life for His glory and honor when we are surrendered to Him.
When I think of the bedroom in our homes, I see it as a metaphor of our spiritual journey. The writer of Hebrews says “Marriage should be honored by all and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulter and all the sexually immoral” (13:4).
When we first get married we usually start out with a lot of passion and energy that goes into our relationships. We find ways to be together and enjoy each other’s company. But as the stress of life mounts up, throw in a couple of kids, and maybe 2 working schedules, and the bedroom becomes more of a place for crushing than passion and intimacy. We have to consistently work to renew our commitment and love for one another. The natural course of a marriage is to drift apart because relationships mean self-sacrafice and surrendering our rights for the needs of our spouse. That is where the tendencies of the flesh must be addressed by a renewed commitment to one another. After 30 years of being a one woman man, I know it is not easy, but the successful Christian marriage is truly a series of new beginnings.
All these same tendencies and struggles also show up in our spiritual journey with the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember when your relationship was new and it was filled with passion and energy and maybe you thought it would just go on like that forever. Then there came all kinds of distractions and obstacles. Maybe you even got so busy serving the Lord and you forgot to love Jesus. If Jesus is writing us a letter like He did to the church in Ephesus in Revelation, He would say to us
“Yet I hold this against you, you have forsaken your first love” (2:4). It is easy for us to have our hearts and minds filled up with things that take our affections away from Jesus. That is why it is imperative that we periodically step aside from all our busyness and simply rest in our love relationship with Him. Come apart with Jesus or we will just simply come apart. Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-30 Just as the successful Christian marriage is a series of new beginnings, so too is the successful Christian life.
Lord help us to grow in our intimacy in our marriages even as we grow in our intimacy to you.
Pastor Rich Sivo