Would You Like to be Married?Bro. David Chancellor
10/15/2006 11:00 AM
2 Corinthians 11:1-3
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy; for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
We have been espoused to Christ and are the bride of Christ. We have a relationship with him. Paul was concerned that these would be corrupted from the simplicity of Christ; where Christ wouldn’t be "the one" for them anymore.
Some people put so much emphasis on the events of the wedding that it is a letdown afterward. It is supposed to be the beginning of a special time of your life.
Being saved from sin is a wonderful occasion, but it doesn’t stop there. That should be just the beginning of a special life.
Some people are caught up in the romance and are so focused on being loved and cared for that they forget to focus on their part of the relationship. We need to have a deep love for God and be willing to work for God.
A good marriage is built on mutual love, respect, and concern. We need to find our part in this relationship as the bride of Christ.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Jesus loved the church so much that he gave himself for it. He suffered and gave for us so that we can have pure and holy lives. This should cause us to really love him and desire to do for him.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
You can cast all your care on him. Most men want to take care of things and have their wives cast that care on them. We have the privilege of handing our cares to Jesus, and letting him handle them. Don’t forget your responsibilities to Christ. When we hand him our cares, it lets us have time to do for Christ. God should be able to accomplish something through us. Christ should expect us to be partners in his work. Marriage is about two people working together to do more together than they could separately. We need to be a worker together with God. We want to lift him up so others can be drawn to him. God wants us to be able to shine for him and help others.
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
John was telling people what they needed to do. He told them to care about their fellowman, not to be greedy and to be content. There is something to do. The work we do for Jesus is to have a genuine concern for others. We’re to be workers together with him as his bride. Each of us has to be the bride of Christ. If we don’t do, the bride won’t do. The church isn’t a nebulous group out there somewhere. It’s made up of people. We all should have the qualities that we want the church to have. We have a part to play in this relationship.
Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the same of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
He’s God for everyone. He’s the God for everyone we meet. He’ll save anyone who will turn to him with all their hearts. The increase will happen as we reach out to others. We need to tell people that life can be different. There’s a work for us to do. This goes beyond just a social life and having a good time. You can have a good time being a worker together with God. What am I busy at? Am I accomplishing what God wants? The devil would like for us to get wrapped up in being loved by God and not share that with anyone else because it prevents the gospel from spreading.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Are you subject to Christ? Is his will your will? We should want his work to succeed and prosper. We should do whatever it takes to help his work prosper. We need to do our part. If we’re unconcerned and uninterested, how will others see? Our lives will either help others see God, or will turn them from him. Have the desire and prayer that a way will be opened to draw others to God. Have an ear to hear and a will to do what God directs. Keep centered on Christ.
And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia; for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
We need to be ready for eternity and for all that he has for us to do here and now. Righteousness has to do with purity of heart and obedience to God. What are you bringing to your relationship with God? We need to be pure in heart AND life. There are good things for us to do and accomplish. The bride needs to be ready and working on what God has for her to do.
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. Having the glory of God; and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
The bride should have the glory of God on her. People should see God in us. The bride had a light in her. God’s given you a light. Let it shine. Let your life be one that touches people. Choose what you can do to do a work for God. We want to make God’s work successful. We need to be committed to his cause. We want others to know God. We should love him just like he loves us. Desire to do something for God.