17 Jun Marriage: Some Assembly Required
I think there is a stigma when it comes to messages about marriage. I have often heard people say, “I have a good marriage, so I don’t need to read a book about it.”
Although I understand where they are coming from, the logic is flawed. No good business owner would ever say, “Things are going well, so I don’t need to read a book or go to a seminar to improve my business.” No, a good business owner constantly seeks to learn how to grow, expand, and improve his or her business.
You may have an amazing marriage, but you haven’t exhausted the promises of God. That’s why The Story of Marriage has been created for people in all seasons of marriage.
The Bible says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1 NIV). Building a house is hard work. Can you imagine how difficult it would be if you didn’t follow the blueprint? Sure, you might finish construction without the instructions, but in the end, the strength and function of the structure would be compromised.
How many of us have only glanced at the blueprints for marriage from time to time—or even tried to build from the memory of what we have heard? As a Church, we are at the point that we are trying to defend marriage with words because the living example of our marriages is lacking. But our lives are often the only Bible people will ever read. That’s why it is so important that we follow God’s original design for marriage, allowing our lives to display His righteousness.
When we carry out God’s vision for marriage, it doesn’t need to be defended with words. When you are blessed, loved, and thriving, even those who don’t believe in God pay attention. The Bible commissions us in James 1:22 to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (ESV). So let’s find out what God says about marriage. Let’s rise up as a body of believers and step into the fullness of what God intended our unions to be. This message will help you on your way.
PROLOGUE is a series of free messages on marriage by members of the Messenger International team.