For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ. (Galatians 1:10, HCSB)
Have you ever said to yourself, “Sundays shouldn’t be this hard”?
Some days everything feels like a struggle, a battle really. One reason is we live in a fallen world. But there was more than that going on this particular Sunday morning.
It started when my husband didn’t want to follow dress code.
Now, there’s a part of me that knows it’s not my job to make sure he follows the rules. But I see us as a team and think others do too. So if he’s not following the rules, then (gasp) neither am I.
I like rules and am a rule follower to a fault—until I’m not. But rules give me a roadmap to follow. They fill me with assurance that I’m doing the right thing.
Rules also satisfy my desire to people please. But this morning no one was pleased.
The rule-follower in me felt satisfied when my husband stood beside me wearing his required polo shirt. The rule-follower in me stood tall as we walked into the meeting we were expected to attend.
But attending that meeting meant we missed out on an activity we both enjoyed. Attending that meeting meant I misstepped my role. And the look on Tim’s face revealed he wasn’t pleased.
I missed pleasing God too. I put looking right over doing right. And I missed the blessing of obedience.
“Wives, submit to your own husbands as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22, HCSB).
Jen Weaver in A Wife’s Secret to Happiness says, “The Promised Land of marital unity means kingdom authority, happiness, and fulfillment as we align with his presence and purpose through our obedience.”
Walking in obedience to God means submitting to my husband’s leading. And when I submit to Tim’s leading, I experience the pleasure of unity in my marriage. And my obedience pleases the One my heart most desires to please.
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