A BAD MARRIAGE

I know a wife who spends only a couple hours of the week with her husband. It's not really because of her job, or life in general, it's because she would rather spend time doing things she wants in her free time. Her husband is great. He cooks for her and buys her stuff. He loves her so much that he'd give his life for her. The wife, on the other hand, does very little for her husband. In fact, she barely talks to him - except for asking him for things she wants. She periodically thanks him for things he's done for her but barely offers anything to him. She's been involved with affairs several times. Sometimes she's had long-lasting love affairs with other men.

The worst yet, she has the audacity to call her marriage with her husband a "relationship".

The fact is... the woman is the church and the husband is God. Like Israel of old, we've become a whore by serving our own desires with the idolatry of worldly things. We're a whore because we call ourselves "married to Christ", Christians, yet we spend only a couple hours a week with Him, usually in church (usually anxious to leave for our worldly pleasures), we thank Him for our food (and maybe a couple other things), we don't spend much time learning about Him through His Word (if any time is spent), we barely tell anyone we're married to Him and give Him little credit for anything in our lives. In fact, we rather tell people about our paramour (worldly pleasure). If we spend time with Him, one on one, we see it as boring and our time with the things in the world as fun.

The worst yet, we have the audacity to call this a "relationship" with Christ or with God.

Just as the woman would need to repent of her self-centeredness with her husband, we also need to repent of our self-centeredness with our God.

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:23)
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