Let’s press into marriage! This is not what culture says culture’s environment does not propel this. But as residence of God’s Kingdom, marriage is something to look forward to and to take action of faith toward. I know you’ve heard me before encourage guys to not wait around but if you know who you want to pursue to marry, do it! On February 23, 2014, I married the love of my life. That week when we set up our joint bank account, the personal banker told us that he is waiting years for marriage until he has a certain amount of money, a house, etc… My wife, who listens to the Holy Spirit well, in her sweet voice reply. “We highly recommend marriage”. In like-heartedness, here are three ways marriage will bless your socks off:
- You’ll experience Jesus like never before! [tweetable author= @toddlollar] When you are single, you are undivided to do more for the cause of the Gospel. When you’re married, the covenant of your marriage represents the Gospel and helps you experience and be the Gospel to others [/tweetable]: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:25-27).”
- Where one is weak, the other is strong! You probably know this without me even typing it slowly… I’m slow at… well at just about everything I do. Marissa is the opposite. She’s the most efficient person i have ever met. You already know who takes care of the details. Not me. I’m a visionary. I struggle with the details. I meet people EVERYWHERE I go. That’s not her. She meets more people through me but she goes deeper with fewer friends. She teaches me about that through her life. The wisest man ever lived explains this well: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).”
- Someone is ALWAYS on your side! When I was single, it was just me. Yes, I had Christian community that would bear some of my burdens. But day in day out, it was me. I faced oncoming situations with the help of God and community. Being in tight-knit Christian community now prepares you for marriage. Then when you get married, you join a team. One plus one equals three. Marissa and I as a team with Jesus leading, there is always someone on her side and on my side in God’s calling that He walks us into. When we’re attacked by Satan or circumstances of life, there is always someone with me to help overcome. Solomon also fleshes this out in his words: “If two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:11-12).”
Are you ready to get your socks blessed off?! Step into your new first missional living. Marissa and I really encourage you to press into marriage or if your married, we encourage you to press into the covenant of marriage God blessed you with. Like Marissa said ever so sweetly: “We highly recommend marriage.”
What does it look like for your to lean into the covenant of marriage? What other blessings do you see in marriage? Comment and let’s carry on the conversation below.