Monday, January 14
You & Me Forever
Sometimes we will set small, easy to attain goals for ourselves so that we can enjoy a sense of falsely gained accomplishment. The Scriptures seek to free us from the false idea of marriage being only about making it work and surviving today, but set a higher bar. What if marriage was about more than making you happy? But making you Holy?
1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. 2 However, he kept back part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge, and brought a portion of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 “Ananias,” Peter asked, “why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds of the land? 4 Wasn’t it yours while you possessed it? And after it was sold, wasn’t it at your disposal? Why is it that you planned this thing in your heart? You have not lied to people but to God.” 5 When he heard these words, Ananias dropped dead, and a great fear came on all who heard. 6 The young men got up, wrapped his body, carried him out, and buried him. 7 About three hours later, his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. 8 “Tell me,” Peter asked her, “did you sell the land for this price?” “Yes,” she said, “for that price.” 9 Then Peter said to her, “Why did you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Instantly she dropped dead at his feet. When the young men came in, they found her dead, carried her out, and buried her beside her husband. 11 Then great fear came on the whole church and on all who heard these things.
Let’s pretend we can momentarily forget the atrocious act that this couple was committing and somehow only focus on their relationship. They check all the boxes of a “successful marriage.” United Front? Check. Communication? Check. This story is in the Bible to remind us that marriage is more than just you being on the same team with your spouse, but that your responsibility to him or her is to help prepare them for eternity. You are married to your significant other to be part of God’s plan to help conform them into the image of His son, Jesus.
“God, forgive me for seeing this other person that I share a life with, the one that I am one with, as someone to only survive life with. Grant us a vision for our marriage and for the marriages of our church that, in light of eternity, we will be Christians longer than we will be spouses. Help us to act accordingly in Jesus name. Amen.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.