Disclaimer: About This Blog

THIS BLOG IS: my personal journey of how I am rethinking some of my spiritual beliefs.
THIS BLOG IS NOT: intended to point fingers at people who I think are wrong.
I do not believe the final judgement will be based on how many correct answers we get on a theology exam. I believe many people throughout history have had genuine relationships with our Lord and Saviour Jesus, despite holding questionable beliefs and practices. I make no claim to having it all figured out or being your judge. If we end up disagreeing over these topics I pray we can find a way to demonstrate grace.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Servant for Mothers Day

image by flickr user Mothers&Daughters
I didn't buy anything for Mother's Day. The kids made some homemade craft, and bought some small gifts.

But I'm going to try something different. I'm going to try to give myself as a servant for the day.

Ephesians 5:25-33 (NIV)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."
And how did Christ show his love to those around him? He was a servant to them.

Luke 22:25-27 (NIV)
Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
Jesus was the type of leader who served. This is likely the type of leadership I should take in my home as well.

My life should really be one of service to my wife, my family, and everyone I relate with every day. But I'm going to start small by trying this for one day towards one person. If I can succeed at that I will try to extend that servant attitude towards others too.


Anonymous said...

Thank you:-)


Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. I think that's the best gift a husband (or anyone, really) could give.

...then again, I'm not much of a gift-person (giving OR receiving)! =P

Jonathan said...

Thanks for the comments. No, I'm not the biggest store bought gift person either. This was just a thought on what a leader in the home would look like if he were a servant leader - the kind of leaders we are all called to be.

Thanks for stopping by!