September 13, 2015

Messy Marriage

Luke 14:25-33
Success in marriage essentially all comes down to priorities. So many times I hear a well-meaning Christian say, “Family first!” It sounds good, but I wonder sometimes if they think they’re quoting scripture. There is no Bible verse read in the proper context that states family is to be the top priority in a Christian or Jewish household, and today’s passage, spoken from the lips of Jesus, truly flies in the face of that misguided assertion.

In their book You and Me Forever, Francis and Lisa Chan explain: “It’s not that we should love [God] a little more than we love our families; our love for Him should be in a different category. He is far beyond us, so our love for Him should be far beyond our love for others. The gap between our love for God and our love for our spouses should be massive. The two are not worthy of being compared. We normally order our affections like the list below on the left, when the list below on the right is the biblical mandate.”

When God is the priority of our lives and our marriages, it will be amazing to watch him get us through times of great difficulty with our love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control still intact and growing.

Consider your heart now. What is your first love? What do you pray for? Who would your children say is the most important person in your life?