Now that's a pesky unloved four letter word for the women in our day.
In this feminist, socialist culture we live in, "I am EVERY woman, it's all in ME..."
Women are seeking to wear the pants in society yet complain they are not being romanced, pursued and loved. What man wants to pursue a man? (this is strictly rhetorical and the answer to which belongs on a completely different blog and post!)
As I pray and am truly seeking out how to become "The Excellent Wife" Proverbs 31 talks about, my eyes are being opened to the topsy-turvyness of our culture. Yes, even Churched-culture.
Ephesians 5:22 is a very controversial verse in our day and age. And yet, it is so simple...
"Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord."
With all due respect, it's not exactly a deep theological truth here. It's cut and dry. We as women are called to submit. And truly, is there not honor in anything the Lord has called us to do?
Think of all the honors we experience as women... We carry life and bring it forth. We nourish life with our very bodies. We establish the atmosphere in our home with our responses and our actions. We were created from the very thing that holds man's heart. Do we really think the call to submision is less honorable?
I am learning the beauty and the grace found in submission. I am by no means an expert (hardly an intermediate, if I've even graduated), but my eyes are being opened to the truth found here.
Churches, ministries and the lost forsake the family for lesser ministries that the Lord has never called us to. Pastors miss out on showing their own children and wives the love of the Father and Bridegroom Christ for "the sake of souls."
Please do not misunderstand my heart here. With the calling to any form of ministry (which we all have), there must be sacrifices. I completetely understand and can honor this. However, our first ministry is always to be the family. My eyes are being opened to this truth, and I will not apologize for it.
I am comitting to seeking out this truth, this beauty of submission and I would like to exhort you to do the same. In evaluating my heart posture towards my husband, I desire to see him with the eyes of Christ and to love him with the heart of Christ. I desire to submit to my husband in a way that my Father in Heaven may be glorified so that with the word of our testimony, we will break the back of the feminist movement, the curse of divorce and the misunderstanding of the truth and beauty found in submission.