Love is in the Air
Here’s the truth …
Our home is buzzing with excitement right now as my daughter recently got engaged to a wonderful young man. We prayed for most of her life that God would send her a godly young man, and He did. He loves God, he loves people, and he loves our daughter. We have had the privilege of watching him grow up physically and spiritually. We are so thankful that God saw fit to bring them together, and soon they will start a home of their own with God as the Center.
How do I have a home with God as the Center? God needs to have first place in my heart. This means that everything I do, everything I say, every decision, every word spoken all need to be filtered through His Word. But why? Because I am a child of God, because I love Him, and because I want to serve Him with all of my heart. There is a very direct verse in Deuteronomy that says, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV). The verse continues, encouraging us: “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 KJV).
As we live each day, God must be the focus of all we do and say. The problem is, our sin nature gets in the way and “self” demands to have all the attention and get its own way. And like in any marriage or relationship, when I demand that I have my own way, I am harming the other person by elevating myself above him and God. God must be the head of me, my home, and my marriage. He must have first place.
Paul addresses this: “And He [Christ] is the Head of the body, the church: Who is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18 KJV). The word preeminence means: precedence; priority of place; superiority of power or influence.
I also need to submit my own will and body to Christ. It requires sacrificing as we read in Romans, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: by be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2 KJV).
Let’s make this practical. As I go about my day, am I making choices that are in line with God’s will? For example, did I speak kindly to my family or did I snap at them in irritation? Is my home a reflection of God’s orderliness or more like a pigpen? Are my clothes revealing my body or are they revealing my relationship with Jesus Christ? Are my choices and decisions prayed about or acted out in selfishness? Do I serve God or self?
I’ll be honest … fighting against my own will and desires is hard when God tells me to follow and obey Him. But when I do obey Him, I have such peace and joy in knowing that my relationship with God is in correct alignment. Everywhere we look we see the world promoting self: on the radio, television, internet, billboards, advertisements, coworkers, and sometimes even in our own families.
It’s time we put ourselves aside and give our lives and homes back to God. It’s time we let God have first place. But where do I start? I start by getting on my knees, confessing my sin, asking God to show me where I have sinned and where I need to make changes. I need to spend time every day in God’s precious Word, learning how to obey Him. If I don’t read God’s Word for myself, how will I know what it says? I need to have a willingness to make the tough decisions He asks of me in order to obey Him. I cannot expect God to bless me, my family, or my home, if I am living a life in direct violation of God and His Word.
Sounds really hard, doesn’t it? I can tell you from my personal experience that the closer I draw to God, the more strength I have to say no to self and say yes to God, and the more joy and blessings I receive.
My daughter’s wedding is approaching quickly. We have so many decisions and choices yet to make, but there is another wedding that is also coming quickly: “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb [Jesus] is come, and His wife [the church] hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the linen is the righteousness of saints. And He saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And He saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God” (Revelation 19:7-9 KJV).
Will you be ready for The Marriage? Does God have first place in your life? There is still time to make things right with Him! Make today the day you choose to get ready for the wedding. Your Groom is fast approaching!