It is show time! After months of planning Cassidy and I’s wedding is finally here! We had a lot of fun times dating, but we also spent a significant amount time in serious discussion about our relationship and our commitment to one another. This Saturday at 2:00, we will be actualizing that commitment to one other though our ceremony and vows.
We have decided to have traditional vows recited, but we have also decided to write some of our vows. In thinking about what I want to say to her to express my commitment, it has made me realize what a huge commitment marriage really is.
In Genesis 2:24 it says, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”
Then in Ephesians 5:22-33, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
Some look at this passage and complain about submission, but really submission is not a oppressive term. Instead, it is a term of commitment. The wife commits herself to submit to her husband and support him. The husband commits himself to sacrifice himself for his wife even to the point of sacrificing his own life for her.
However, this passage also teaches that the commitment between the husband and the wife teaches us about our commitment and relationship with God. The same commitment we have for our spouse, we should have for God (and even more so).
We should be willing to submit ourself in humble obedience and service to the Lord in all things.
We should be willing to sacrifice our lives even to the point of death for our Lord and Savior.
So this week as my commitment to Cassidy is on my mind, I can’t help but reflect and renew my commitment to my Lord. I hope you will do the same.