Ephesians 5:22-24
Colossians 3:18-25
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily,
as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
The text today commands wives to submit to their own husbands. This submission is possible only if the wife is a Christian. If she is not, she will not have the ability to do it. As a Christian, she has the love of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit helping her. This is a strength from the Lord given to her to let her know that the curse of Eve upon every wife has been lifted (cf. Gen 3:16). She will no longer usurp the authority of her husband. If the husband is not a Christian she still has to submit. The reason is she submits unto the Lord.
This means that her submission is within the confines of the Bible. The word “everything” in Ephesians 5:24 is qualified by “unto the Lord.” She will not need to submit if it is against the teaching of God’s Word. She acknowledges that her husband is the head of the home just as Christ is the Head of the church. By her holy witness in Christ prayerfully her unbelieving husband will come to believe in Christ. If her husband is a believer it is even better, for peace and holiness will prevail in this Christ-centred home.
She submits as if she is submitting to Christ. She will do so willingly and cheerfully because she is doing it for Christ’s sake. She continues to be a godly wife at home regardless of how her husband and children respond. Her conviction is one of doing it for her Lord’s sake.
This teaching is most timely as it is Christmas Eve today. Mary the chosen virgin is a godly example for all Christian wives to follow. She submitted to God’s will in her life and remained a virgin till the birth of Jesus. She continued to obey God’s will in her obedience to Joseph whom God appointed to be the adopted father of Christ. Throughout the upbringing of Christ, Mary did her due diligence in ensuring that Christ was ready to begin His ministry at the age of thirty years.
THOUGHT: The wife who honours Christ blesses the home.
PRAYER: Lord, may my home be a Christ-centred home always.