(This post was written by TJ Young, all comments will be directed to him)
There are not many scriptures that aggravate so many people more than than Colossians 3:18 (NLT; “Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.”). That really seems like an odd sentence to type but it is true. Honestly, most women have a problem with this verse. They want to get a petition signed so that God can remove it from the Bible. However, this group of scriptures from Colossians 3:18-4:1, are very important and have a very simple truth that is overlooked.
I am not writing this to infuriate women. I just want to point out a simple truth. Christ needs to be first and foremost in your home. That is it. Many people will look at this and say, “Well, duh. Of course.” But really think about it. We all pray that God will be with us throughout our day, usually just meaning wherever else we go. Safety in travel. A good day at work. Over the food. Get out of a speeding ticket. For the kids to not get in trouble at school. We pray for sicknesses and good grades and we (not as much as we should) even praise him for things we go through good and bad. Many times, however, we come home and shut off prayer and God.
Kinda stings, right? But in many cases it is true. I do it. You do it. The people at Colossae did it. That is why Paul is reminding them of these things in these verses. He wrote these guidelines so we can have healthy relationships with each other as an example of how our relationship with Christ should be. Submit in the LORD. Love in the LORD. Respect in the LORD. Serve in the LORD. We need to make sure we keep God first at home and not shut God out when we take our shoes off. You can still watch your TV and movies and play Kinect Sports but sometimes there may be a situation that arises that requires some prayer. Don’t just say, “I’ll be praying about it.” You can, believe it or not, pray right there. Keep God first in your marriages and relationships, even dating. Make decisions with God first. Also, obey your parents. Even the worst ones. Just because they are not saved doesn’t mean you can refuse to make up your bed.
I believe we all have work to do in keeping God first in all aspect of our lives. Do not shut God off in your home. Let him do work there too. What do you think? How does this make you feel? What can you do differently?