Tomorrow, Leigh-Ann and I celebrate twenty-two years of marriage.
The day we stood together before a pastor and a few hundred of our closest family and friends, we made a covenant to become one. In order for this to work, we each had to give up our individualism and pursue a new identity. In Genesis, when God gives instructions for marriage, He tells husbands and wives to leave (parents), cleave (together), and weave (in covenant with God).
Of course, this is easier said than done. I remember a few weeks into our marriage we were deciding on paint colors for our house and what started as an amicable discussion turned into an argument.
I’d like to say we learned our lesson (Leigh-Ann knows way more about making our home look great) but we’ve had plenty of arguments since then. At the same time, we’ve also had incredible moments of synergy and vision, and accomplishment.
Fortunately, before too long, we recognized we are each pretty hard-headed, and if we disagreed we could do plenty of damage, however if we could get on the same page, we could change the world (or at least survive and have a few kids 😊).
In marriage, it’s important to create a new identity, that is made up of the equal parts of husband and wife.
When it comes to our relationship with God, it’s different. We don’t combine our identity with His, rather we become one in Him through Jesus Christ.
This Sunday, I look forward to continuing our sermon series, “Colossians-It’s all about Jesus” by studying Colossians 2:16-3:4. In these verses, we will continue the theme from last week about satisfaction in Jesus. When we focus our mind on the things above, we will confirm our identity in Jesus.
So, how do we do that?
You’ll have to come Sunday to find out 😊. I hope you can join us in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.