Is Marriage Your Idol?
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." Matthew 10:37
Before I got married, I believed my struggles and sins would go away once I did...or if anything, they would be easier to deal with. I valued my boyfriends above Christ, yet I yearned for a God-fearing relationship. In all honesty, I idolized marriage and the happiness I thought it would inevitably bring me.
In Matthew 10:37, Jesus says, "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." As Christians, we are called to have Christ be the center of our hearts and lives—when we value and cherish Him above all, we are able to devote ourselves to our spouses with full joy and sacrificial love.
Society says marriage is the cure to all of your problems. It says the meaning of marriage is for your spouse to make you happy. But in reality, those expectations don't hold up. True happiness does not come from finding your perfect soulmate; it comes from living out the Gospel in your marriage and looking to Christ to meet all of your needs. Through the hurt, the disappointments, and the heartbreaking sin, He is still good. And with this as our foundation, we can strive to love our spouses just like Christ loves us.
Father, forgive me for looking to marriage to meet all of my needs when You are the only one who can do that. Guide me in the path of righteousness, cherishing my husband, yet cherishing more of You every single day. Thank You for all of Your blessings. Amen.
Do you idolize marriage? Is your relationship regulated by the word of God or by your own independent ideas or the ideas of the world? Pray God would open your eyes to this sin in your life.