What Motivates Me in My Marriage: A Bigger Picture to Draw Us Into the Fullness of God
I wanted to share a part of my heart with you today – a very big part of my heart. A part that forms me and motivates me in the deepest places for my daily life as a wife.
Here we go.
In the beginning, God created male and female. (Genesis 1:26-27) And He placed His image on us (don’t be calloused by the overly familiar words -the implications for HIS IMAGE IMPRINTED ON OUR BODIES IS HUGE). When we look at the Theology of the Body, we see that the Creator of the Universe marked us – on our very bodies – with a message about His very nature.
He did this on purpose.
Because He wanted to communicate His invisible love to us in a way that is plainly visible. He wanted to put on display His invitation for us know His eternal love, and He did it through the picture of marriage. (Genesis 2:24-25; Ephesians 5:22-33) Through the physical and spiritual joining of a man and a woman to become one in the context of a spousal covenant love. Through a man and a woman coming together in sacrificial love and intimacy, He made visible the invisible – the foreshadowing of an even greater love- an eternal covenant love with God Himself.
Simply put, on our bodies and in the picture of marriage, we SEE the heavenly invitation to become one with God FOREVER.
Could anything be more holy? More thrilling? More amazing than a God who wants to reveal His love to us, and do it through the gift of marriage?
This idea of God revealing Himself through marriage is massive. And explains why marriage is so holy, so valuable. Such a battlefield. It inspires me to invest all the more in making my marriage one where God is invited to continually grow us, heal us, and mold us into His good likeness (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). Not just for our good, but for the good of the world around us.
Watch this video for a glimpse into what stirs me and brings the greatest motivation for marriage…to consider why it matters that we grow together in love…and for a fresh perspective that I pray multiplies grace and peace in your lives, as you pursue the fullness that God intends for you to experience in your marriage and life.
(And please excuse the chorus of 8 children playing in the background- precious friends from Florida were stranded at our house as we rode out the Snowzilla of 2016 together.)