This week, we shall briefly examine how the subject of service applies in the Christian home.
"Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged..... And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you SERVE the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality."
A Christian renders service to others as a way of serving the Father God and His Son our LORD Jesus Christ. This is best exemplified in the husband-wife relationship. The role and admonition that God assigns to a husband is meant to be a way of serving his wife. Likewise, a distinctive role and direction is given to the wife, according to which she serves her husband. These roles are not self-chosen, nor are they assigned by the culture in which one lives (or comes from); they are given by God as a means of manifesting the life of Christ on earth.
In this setting, the word 'submission' acquires its full biblical significance for family life. (The word 'submit' describes a person who accepts his or her place under God's arranged order). Husband and wife alike are submissive to God in fulfilling the roles that He has given them.
CONFESSION - As a husband (wife), I shall continue to SERVE the Lord through the services I render to my wife (husband) and the love I demonstrate to her (him). (Make your own confession from Colossians 3:18-25 if you're not married).
Josh 24:14-15; Eph 6:1-4; Eph 6:5-9; Col 3:18-25; Col 4:1; 1 Tim 6:1; Tit 2:9-10; 1 Pet 2:18-21