Leaving Well – Ephesians 5
“If you’ll grow in Christ, this thing (marriage) will get better. It’s not going to be perfect. It might even fall apart at some level because he or she does not want to grow in Christ. They might even walk away. But your life will get better if you will leave everything and cleave to the Savior.”
– John Reeves
“If we look to our spouse to fill up our tanks in the way that only God can do, we are demanding the impossible.”
– Timothy Keller
We continued our mini-series on marriage this week as we looked at the first of the three aspects that are the cornerstones of healthy marriages: leaving. It is important that our spouses know that our allegiance is first to God and then to them. A great way to evaluate if you have left well is to ask: “who is the first person I call when I have good or bad news?” If it is anyone other than our spouse, perhaps we haven’t left well.
As John points out in this message, leaving is core to the Christian life, not just marriage. We must leave behind the “old man” and put on the “new man” if we are to live out this Christian life. Leaving well (family, friends, hobbies, etc.) for our marriage relationship is the first mirror of how our marriages are mirrors of the Gospel.
If you would like to begin a conversation about following Jesus or would like to talk more about how your story and the Gospel connect, we would love to hear from you. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them here.