What do you picture when you hear narrow path A deer run in a cozy forest? A gently sloping trail on
a picturesque hillside? The narrow path
Christ walked is nothing like this. It’s the
treacherous path to Golgotha, the willing surrender of one’s life for another.
Matthew 16: 24-25 says, “Then said Jesus
unto his disciples, If any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and
whosoever will lose his life for my sake
shall find it.” As followers of Christ we’ll
never walk the narrow path He walked,
but there are narrow paths intended for
our feet. Walking these paths is different
for everyone, but always involves losing
one’s life for the sake of others. Not an
easy assignment. Thankfully, God is with
us. I want to share what God has taught,
and is teaching me, about walking the
narrow path as a husband and father.
Seek His Love
Walking the narrow path at home begins
with knowing how much Christ loves us.
Just like plants need sunlight and water,
we need daily reminders of the amazing love God has shown through Christ.
Christ’s love is more than a good Sunday
school lesson. It is our soul’s salvation.
Serving family without experiencing
Christ’s love is like providing for a thirsty
colony with a mere puddle. Knowing
Christ is like having an ocean to draw
from so that even in the most desolate
times there’s an unending flow of grace
and love to restore us.
Love Your Wife Sacrificially
Receiving God’s love through Christ
prepares men for the narrow path of
sacrificially loving family members.
There’s no greater ministry than caring
for those at home, and the best family ministry always begins with loving
one’s wife. Ephesians 5: 25 says, “
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ
also loved the church, and gave himself
for it.” How did Christ love the church?
By bearing the shame of the cross. Are
you willing to suffer for the good of your
wife? Am I? Healthy marriages require
making sacrifices. Some sacrifices are
less costly, like watching the kids while
your spouse has coffee with a friend.
Other sacrifices require more. This may
include quitting a job that demands excessive time from home, ending a friendship that compromises emotional fidelity
to your wife, or seeking counseling for
an addiction or anger problem. Prayerfully consider what God may be calling
you to do for the good of your family.
Let God Define Marriage
I think some men struggle with loving
their wives because they misunderstand
what marriage truly is. In our culture,
marriage is often falsely portrayed as contractual rather than covenantal. Contractual marriage is reduced to a 50/50 proposition. The motto is, “I’ll give to the extent
that I’m getting my fair share out of this.”
It is self-centered. God created marriage
to be covenantal. Marriage is not a contract, but a commitment to love the other
person sacrificially, like Christ loved the
church. Christ made a 100/0 proposition.
He gave everything, even though we were
completely undeserving. Christian marriage was intended to be more like this.
The focus is not on what my wife can do
for me, but what I can do for her. It is no
coincidence that Jesus, the greatest servant, is also the most joyful person. The
most satisfied people in marriage make
the good of others their goal.
58 Summer 2015 • Homeschool Da www.TheOldSchoolhouse.com
at Home by Randy Saller
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