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God's Purpose for Salvation

Submission is God’s tool to ensure His created order is carried out by mankind. Men uphold their call to sacrificially love their wives as well as nurture and care for the souls of their children in hopes they’ll come to know and love Christ. Submitting to their husbands does not oppress women. As a woman prepares for marriage, she gets to dutifully pray for God’s guidance in finding a godly spouse. She gets to choose whom she’ll marry. In submission to God, she voluntarily chooses to submit to her husband because both God and her husband promise to take care of her. Wives then get to partner with their husbands to bring up children to know Christ.

Many women choose to care for their children and give their time and energy to taking care of their home. Being elbow deep in suds to wash dishes or a toddler can both be acts of worship to God. Any task a woman performs in her home, she can do it for God’s glory. Similarly, women who work outside of their home must submit themselves to their employers and may likewise face thankless days as the women working at home, but it is ultimately the condition of her heart that will determine her actions as worship.

Men will work hard and with integrity, most often outside of the home. If they’re fortunate, they’ll have an appreciative boss who recognizes their hard work. Even if this ideal is lacking, God has authority over both employer and laborer, therefore He deserves the laboring man’s best efforts regardless of the boss’s status of recognizing it.

Children are God’s blessing to men and women. I find it astounding that God entrusts these precious gifts to sinful, broken people, but God has commanded men and women to cherish, love, nurture, and discipline their children as a means to win more souls for Christ. God gives the gift of parenting in order for us to make disciples and to further expand His Kingdom. He has planned this from the beginning of time, and He set things in motion using submission as a means to shepherd His chosen ones to bring glory unto Himself

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Christ in You

I admire Paul’s selflessness. He radiates an “all I have is Christ” attitude and mindset. He begins this passage (Colossians 1:24-29) explaining how it brings him joy to suffer for Jesus’s sake because he accepts and appreciates the responsibility God has given him to proclaim the gospel. In this portion of the letter, he clarifies the need for Christians to be serious about ministry as he points the readers to the revealed mystery of God’s glory: Jesus Christ lives within them.

 Some people need to know “how” or “what” in a situation, but I’m a “why” person. I can face a lot of challenges if I understand why I have to do something. I’m thankful for Paul’s words here because he explains why we must be on fire for the gospel: Jesus is in us and empowers us to do so. As Paul explains in verses 28-29, “we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”

 As Paul reveals one mystery, a few other mysteries crop up, such as what do we do with this portion of Jesus within us and how does Jesus work within us? We aren’t told what to do to share Jesus with others. There isn’t a sample manuscript for sharing the gospel or a flashy “5 Steps to Convert Someone to Christ” article in the New Testament. We aren’t told how Jesus dwells inside of us. Is there a physical particle? Is he in our brain?  I know that all sounds crazy, but at least we know why. We are to spend our energy and time allowing Jesus to work within us. How and what we do to share this gift of the gospel is part of our autonomy in Christ, but know that no matter what or how you choose to use your God-given spiritual gifts, you are assured of the hope of glory, or Jesus Christ working within your efforts.

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