Do you realize that your marriage is your most important ministry?
Last week Kaye and I celebrated 22 years of marriage. Over dinner we talked about the journey the Lord has taken us on together, what we enjoy about each other, and how our marriage has made each of us better. Though our marriage is not perfect, it is healthy and I am so grateful for Kaye and the time we have been given to enjoy each other and serve alongside one another. I don’t want to only be a “great Christian” or a “great pastor,” but I long to be a “great husband.”
In her book Good Christians, Good Husbands?, Doreen Moore gives the reader insight into the ministries and marriages of three famous theologians and pastors who ministered during the 18th century: John Wesley, George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards. In the book we learn, not surprisingly, that having an effective ministry does not always mean having a healthy marriage. John Wesley was cold to his wife, traveled extensively without seeing her much, and even missed her funeral. George Whitefield’s marriage reads like an agreed partnership of ministry and not a relationship filled with any sense of passion or depth of connection. Of the three marriages, Edwards’ is the one the reader would surely want to emulate. Jonathan Edwards saw “no dichotomy between the work of the Lord and his family.” He was committed to his marriage just as he was committed to his ministry. He did not view them separately. He owned the privilege and responsibility to minister to his wife and children. Like Jonathan Edwards, we must not view marriage merely as a means, as a tool, for a healthy ministry but as part of our ministry.
Your Marriage Is Your Most Important Ministry
While history tells us that it is possible to have an effective ministry without a healthy marriage, it is not what the Lord desires for us. And not what the Lord desires for those who are impacted by our lives. Here are three reasons why your marriage is your most important ministry.
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Source: Church Leaders