The Mission of our Marriage

The Mission of our Marriage

Matthew 5, 6, and 7 are three of the greatest chapters in the New Testament. 

The Sermon on the Mount  

Matthew 7:28 And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were  astonished at His teaching, 29 for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the  scribes. 

He wasn’t reading what Jeremiah said or Moses or David he was revealing what He says. 

Matthew 6:25 

25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will  drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more  than clothing? 

Matthew 6:31-34 

31 Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What  shall we wear?” 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father  knows that you need all these things.  

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be  added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its  own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. 

Do not be let the theme of your life be about getting and protecting your stuff. And do not let  your mind be filled with potential scenarios of fear, loss, and anxiety. 

The times when marriage is in trouble – when you forget it’s sacred. 

You don’t find fulfillment in marriage you only find fulfillment in Jesus. 

We’ve been conditioned by the culture to think that marriage can be anything between anybody. The mission of marriage – what’s our marriage for? 

Gated community, always on cruises, they’re sexy, they’ve got great kids, they are always  having fun 

Happy but worthless has never worked for us 

All kinds of drama, the next big crises, obviously full of distrust and anger, in need of major help  and repair, selfish decisions, destructive behavior.  

Outreach recipients  

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness 

And all these things will be added to you  

It’s supposed to look like Christ and the Church  

Does your marriage make God look good? 

The bible is not full of great marriages. 

Divorce, God permits it but never commands it. 

Ananias and Sapphira 

Marriages are built on trust. I implicitly trust Leanna and have no reason to doubt her. If either of  us ever did anything to damage that trust, it would be really difficult to keep pressing forward in  our relationship. Perhaps Ananias and Sapphira could trust each other, but nobody else should  have. When they sold a piece of property to share the proceeds with the gathered believers, they  withheld some of the money for themselves. When asked about it independently, both of them  lied. For that, they both dropped dead. I love having Leanna in my life, because she’s there to  keep me on track if I ever start to veer off. If I suggested that we withhold some of our tithe and  lie about it, she would probably roll her eyes at me and walk away. She definitely wouldn’t be  complicit in such behavior. We should all have relationships with people who will hold us  accountable. 

Hopefully none of your relationships have been as dysfunctional and destructive as these.  Unfortunately, the Bible is filled with stories about real people and real people have messy lives.  Thankfully we serve a God who takes messy things and makes them beautiful. 

Learn to be mad and be happy together. 

Learn to be fighting battles and be happy. 

Learn to suffer terrible losses and be happy together. 

Using passion as a catalyst for activation and faithfulness