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A New Awakening

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Who in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal to God. But made himself of no reputation and put on the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men (Phil. 2:5-7).

This is my first blog attempt so I pray you have patience with me as you are reading this. I may seem to ramble some, but I hope you get what my heart is trying to convey to you. I was born in a post-feminist movement country and on top of that my parents were divorced at such a tender age that I can not recall them being married. My mother raised me for the most part with dad having weekend visitations until he received full custody when I was 15, but I digress. My mother raised me to be strong, and by strong I mean the world’s definition of strong. You know, a woman can do it all by herself so who needs a man. By the grace of God my father received full custody of my brother and I and while living with him, my father obeyed the gospel. I to gave my life to God. A couple of years later, I met and married my husband. We were both 22 years of age and had a zeal to evangelize the world.I thought marriage, this is going to be easy. Although  I knew Eph. 5 pretty well, my rearing as a child was still in the subconscious of my mind.  I had read Eph. 5 many times, but somehow the word ‘everything’ did not registered in my brain. During a disagreement in my new marriage my husband pointed to this verse ‘But as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their husbands in everything’ Eph. 5: 24. I thought I don’t know if I can do this. Six in a half years later I can say I can do it, but I will let him know I don’t agree with it before and after I submit. Right action, wrong attitude. One day as I studied my Bible, a light bulb turned on. I was reading Phil 2:5-7. I saw that in this role as a wife, I get a chance to be like my savior. See, Jesus is God, not less than God, not a little god, but the one true God.  He is in the Godhead, always has been, always will be. However because of his love, he sacrificed for a little while to put on the form of a servant. Yes, a  servant, God puts on the form of a servant. He humbled himself, thought nothing of it at all. So why was it so hard for me to submit without putting up a fight. Pride is the only answer. Pride is the opposite of humility. True strength is seen in a humble person. Ask yourself, if being strong means standing up for your rights, why is it so easy for people to do it. Organize committees, organize marches and protest. Folks that’s the easy way. Even a toddler can say that’s not fair. But, true strength is saying its okay, it doesn’t have to be my way. Its saying although  I am a human and have equal worth I give this gift to you by submitting to you. It doesn’t mean he is always going to make the right decision or even consider you when he makes that decision. Its saying I am to submit because that is God’s plan for me. God gave this role to us because we CAN obey it, not because we are less than. So for the Christian woman who strives to be the wife God has illustrated in Eph. 5, hold your head high because you are a STRONG woman. God Bless!

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