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BIBLE TEXT: Ephesians 5:22-26 ~ “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: This past Friday, I had the privilege to be a part of the wedding of my little sister, Kelsey, and Quinton West. I have watched their relationship evolve from “just friends” to husband and wife. The love they have for each other is so evident that even a complete stranger would not deny that they are a perfect match. Words are unnecessary; their actions say it all.
I have always loved the comparison between Christ’s relationship with the Church and the relationship between husband and wife. We often read this passage in Ephesians to remind ourselves how to be a better spouse. However, it is also a powerful statement of how the Church should exist with Christ. Sometimes I wonder though, are we, as the Church, the bride that Christ deserves? Is our love for Christ as evident as Kelsey’s love for Quinton when they exchanged their vows on Friday? Whether you are married or not, you know the kind of marriage you want to have with your spouse. Maybe you have found it, maybe your relationship needs some work, or maybe you’re still waiting to find that person with whom to share your life. One way or another, we have an idea of what we want in a marriage. In the same way, we should dream of and work toward that kind of relationship with Christ. He is the One that loves us unconditionally, the One that will support us despite our circumstances, the One waiting for us to walk down the aisle and commit our lives to Him. As the bride is anxious to meet her groom at the altar, are you anxious to meet Him there? Are you longing to submit to His will as a wife should be for her husband? Are you craving to be totally and completely committed to Him? Christ is waiting for us at the altar, but the question is whether or not we are ready to walk down the aisle and say, “I do.”
PRAYER: God, thank You for loving us and blessing us far more than we could ever deserve. You are the Head of the Church, and we are Your bride. Let us submit to You and commit ourselves fully to Your will for our lives. You are such a good and faithful God. May we be anxious and willing to share our journey with You from now until eternity. Thank you, God, for Your commitment to the Church and for waiting at the altar. May we be as enthusiastic to make the same commitment to You. We love You and honor You. In Christ’s name, Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ashton Smith is happily engaged to Kyle Bemis with plans to marry on September 22, 2012. She is a graduate of MTSU with a Bachelor degree in Social Work and works for Catholic Charities – Tennessee Office for Refugees. Ashton has attended Life Assembly since 2008 and works with the Lifesavers kids as well as the VIDA kids on Monday nights. She has a passion for missions, traveling, and immersing herself in other cultures. She and Kyle are excited to see what journey God has for them next! “Be careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…” -Ephesians 5:15-16