Gospel Centered Marriage
Creating a Gospel-Centered Marriage: Foundations - Part 6
In this podcast we will look at the five key characteristics of a Christian wife. These are the gender-specific responsibilities for women that God adds to the gender-neutral responsibilities of marriage.
- Well-Suited Helper
- Submissive to Her Husband
- Woman of Competence
- Enthusiastic Lover
- Overseer of Her Home
Both a husband and wife should be able to say, “What I do at home is the most important and satisfying part of my life.” Until we do, the sacrifices of being a Christ-like servant-leader and Christ-like submissive-helper will seem like a “raw deal.” Both husband and wife need to hear a warning against the empty promises of personal significance.
“Grasping for power or recognition is natural. Servanthood is supernatural. So many women are missing out on the supernatural today because they are caught up in the ‘search for significance.’ Ironically, the more they search for it, the less satisfied they feel. Why? Significance is found in giving your life away, not in selfishly trying to find personal happiness (p. 182).” Gary and Betsy Ricucci as quoted in Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
We will only find what God wants to give us in marriage when we want what God designed marriage to be – a place of mutual joy through mutual sacrifice as we live for something bigger than “me” and to celebrate something bigger then “we.” When we finally embrace this as the only way to find the joy we seek we will realize that Luke 9:23-24 really is the foundation of everything we ever wanted, “If anyone would come after [Jesus], let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”