This morning I was finishing up my devotions and I had this awesome moment of clarity.
First, let me give you background.
Before devotions I was thinking about the marriage relationship. It’s been said it’s like a triangle – with God at the top and the husband and wife at opposite corners. As we both pursue Jesus, we actually grow closer together.
But when God is not at the center/top – we put the him/her as our idol. In other words, whoever you’re dating/married to is at the top. So as we try to pursue them, we actually drift away from God.
I was just thinking about the wonderful design of how God created us to live. And this stood out for me….
When I serve Jesus with my whole heart…I actually serve my wife.
And as I serve my wife as Jesus would serve her, I serve the Him! You see? They are actually synonymous, when you are serving Jesus first. To understand how our love is meant to flow within that triangle was so cool.
So now, check out my devotion. It ties in beautifully in how we are to serve Jesus and serve our spouses.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Isn’t that incredible? When we serve and live His love – it’s like we are serving Jesus himself.
Let’s take that back to relationships and triangle picture and apply it.
When we think about and act towards our significant other (pick whatever category you are in): A. would like to get to know B. want to marry C. are married to – our mindset should be that we are actually serving Jesus through her/him.
Our sinful selfishness wants to make relationships all about ourselves, what we can get or feel. And we do that with everything else in life.
But it’s not about that at all.
It’s ALL about serving and demonstrating the love of our God.