Whatever your role as a man, you have responsibilities.
Today we are considering our role(s) as it pertains to the women in our lives…husbands, fathers, sons, brothers…and this is whether we are single, married, widowers, divorced…there are women in our lives and we have responsibility to them because of our responsibility to Jesus.
How well we fulfill our responsibilities depends upon our view of the Master of the House.
As we start with the Master…let’s define the word “master”. The Greek word is “kurios” and means “he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he as the power of deciding; master, lord. This is used universally, of the possessor and disposer of a thing, the owner. Kurios is a title of honor, expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants salute their master. (Thayers)
Just to be clear. When we talk Master we are talking about Jesus Christ. The Savior. The Messiah.
Because of Who He is…The Lord of Lords! Because of What He did…Sacrifice! Because of What He is Doing…Intercession! Because of What He is Going to Do…Glory!
He is our Master and therefore we are to “…be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21; NASB).
“Subject” is to arrange under, to subordinate; to subject, put in subjection. “Fear” is reverence, respect. “Christ” is the anointed of God, the Lord of Lords, the Master of the House!
So when we live our lives and find ourselves saying “I can’t do this or that for a particular woman in my life”; let’s change the question and ask “Can I do this or that for the Lord?”
Because, the truth is, what we do we do for Jesus whether we mean to or not. If we are looking to Him and endeavoring to follow (be subject to) Him, then He will lead us and we will be the man we need to be and He will be glorified. If we live like that, then the women in our lives will notice and it will make a difference.
The reward in living like this is a reward for all. If we lead by example and live our lives subject to Jesus then it is likely those women in our lives who we care about, seek to influence, or work along side will be impacted for good. If we live this way, then together with the women in our lives we can seek out and expect the reward God is offering.
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” (Colossians 3:23-24; NASB)
Strive for the crown of life promised by God for you in Heaven…and hold tight to the women in your life and don’t let them go…serve them because Jesus is worthy of our service no matter what or who we might be dealing with.