Those in ministry—whether a layperson sitting under the faithful word preached from week to week, a pastor preparing the preached Word, or a seminarian learning more about the Word—understand there is always some level of sacrifice to faithfully serve the church.
We also know that Scripture trains us to become more like God, so that we can display His righteousness despite our unrighteousness. However, the words that come between the teaching and training—reproof and correction—are what prove if we are, in fact, teachable and trainable.
When reading the Bible, I am often tempted to do this very thing—take the easy truths and leave behind the ones that are harder to handle. This buffet-style mentality must be forsaken when we come to the pages of Scripture.
In these moments, God is gracious to bring to mind the areas I am struggling to love, serve and respect my husband. And when I do this thinking, my marriage bears fruit that it wouldn’t if I didn’t slow down and engage my God-created mind and heart.