Marriage as a Growth Tool

What has God used to cause growth in your life? An answer to that question will reveal the litany of resources God has available to Him in order to work in the lives of his children (after all he is God who is omni). He can work in a variety of ways at a variety of times for a variety of people. In thinking about how God causes growth, I was drawn this past week to think about God’s use of marriage.

With marriage certain biblical topics we made much more understandable. The bride of Christ, the marriage supper, among so much more. Not that I hadn’t learned about many of those aspects before, but marriage helped open up another door of understanding for me in my mind.

Beyond just understanding biblical concepts, marriage forced me to face many of my heart attitudes and sinfulness that resulted. For the first time in my life, I realized just how much my sin can impact another person and it became a turning point in my maturity that is now played out every day.

With much growth that takes place I am thankful that God can use a variety of tools to generate Christlikeness in us. Marriage is one of those tools and I find myself astounded at how God uses the institution of marriage to cause growth in ways that many of us would avoid.

Marriage is a primary tool for Christian growth. It requires attention to God and to our spouse in a humility that forces us to examine ourselves closely, something we often try to avoid. So I leave you with these questions to consider for your own life as I look at them for my own:

A)    Since marriage, can you pinpoint specific ways in which God has used your marriage to cause transformation in your life?

B)    In what ways is God using marriage to grow you, your spouse, or both of you together?

C)    Are you responding or ignoring God’s work?

 

Thursday Thoughts are my attempt to ‘think publicly’ about God’s work in the lives of believers with the hope that it will edify the body of Christ by influencing the growth of our walk in the Christian life. It is meant to be brief and cause us to examine ourselves more deeply.