The Kingdom-Minded Wife, Day 1
And we’re off… around the race track. I must admit that I’m feeling out of my league with the Proverbs-31 wife. How can I possibly keep up with her? Shouldn’t I just quit now before I start because I can’t hold a candle to her? This is a defeatist attitude, certainly not a God-honoring one. I need to remember (just as much as I’m reminding you): It’s not a competition!
We can learn from her example, but ultimately look to Christ. The Proverbs 31 woman had a kingdom perspective.
(n.) a filtering of all-of-life through the lens of Christ
(v.) purposefully, passionately living out the Gospel
The kingdom perspective begins when we take off self-glasses and put on God-glasses, filtering everything through the lens of Christ.
You’re an eternal creation, dear friend. You’re equipped with tools to see beyond yourself. Jesus says in Luke 17:21, “The kingdom of heaven is in the midst of you.” God’s kingdom is here and now.
After Jesus’ earthly baptism, he said, “The time has come… the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” [Mark 1:8] Shortly after this, Jesus says to two fishermen, “Come follow Me.”
A woman who looks at life through a kingdom-perspective will…
- recognize God’s kingdom starts here and now,
- repent of her sins regularly, understanding the need for God’s daily grace,
- believe and live in the light of the Gospel
- follow Christ wholeheartedly
Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Where is your heart? Do you have a heart for Jesus? Do you treasure your husband? Jesus spent His ministry on earth walking among the people, healing the hurting, and preaching the gospel. Jesus invested His time in others and He loved.
The Gospel is living and breathing, active and seeking, helping and healing, fulfilling and loving.
- Are you actively working on your marriage?
- Are you actively seeking the best for your husband and marriage?
- Do you work to help your husband joyfully?
- Do you value and work toward healing and forgiveness in your marriage?
- Are you seeking to fully satisfy and protect your husband in your heart, home, and on the marriage bed?
- Are you loving your husband with a love like Jesus?
The 30 Dates in November Challenge is not a cure-all, mend-all, fix-all for your marriage. The 30 Dates in November Challenge is a moment for you to seize, a tool for you to use, a springboard for inspiration.
This is the time to stand up for your marriage and say to your husband:
- I will invest in you.
- I will seek the best for you.
- I will serve you.
- I will forgive you.
- I will satisfy you.
- I will protect you.
- I will honor you.
- I will love you.
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“…the woman who fears (respects, worships, and faithfully follows) the Lord is to be praised.”
This is what defines what the Proverbs-31 woman does. This is what should define all that you do. This is the heart of the 30 Dates in November Challenge – your kingdom-perspective.
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Have you ever considered a kingdom-perspective in your marriage? How does this change how you treat your husband?
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