Have you ever noticed…

As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.

––Ephesians 5:31-32

Have you ever noticed how the things that are best for you are the things not about you? Take parenting for example: could there be any activity in the world more energy-sucking than tending to the multitudinous needs of growing children? But as emptying as it is, what else is so satisfying, and so full of meaning? It’s the paradox of true happiness, and the reason Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been ransacking God’s word for the answer to what it means to be a woman (click here) and what it means to be a man (click here). But this upcoming Sunday, we’ll go one step further. We’ll investigate God’s plan for men and women together. 

As you can see from the passage above, that plan, that intention, is not about us. And yet, paradoxically, it is the best thing for us. In fact, I would go so far to say that attaining deep happiness in marriage hinges on how well we understand our roles in His plan, or rather, in His drama. 

So as we move toward Sunday and our time in God’s word, read through chapter five of the book of Ephesians, and pray that His Spirit would speak to our hearts, that He would lead us more deeply into that strange, wild country where men and women walk blissfully unashamed of being exactly that—men and women.

For the love of Jesus and his people,

Pastor Daren Redekopp

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