Tuesday, January 15, 2008

FAQ: I get all this teaching but my wife doesn't...

I've been musing on this for a little while, and it'd be more pressing for me if last week's UCCF Staff Conference hadn't been written-off for me by illness. Instead of arriving home full of the word I was full of the lurgy.

But, what you you do when you're in the priviledged position to be able to go to lots of training events, conferences etc, to spent hours each day studying God's word - but your partner isn't? You get to the end of the day excited and overflowing with the stuff and yet somehow vomitting it onto your partner when they walk in the front door from a long hard day at work doesn't seem to work!

Then I thought about the effect God's word is meant to have on us. It's meant to transform us to make us more Christlike - through teaching, instructing, encouraging, rebuking, correcting us as we behold the glory of Christ in the word. So, could it be... that the best way to pass on the hours in the word would be to be changed by it. And then, at least from a gospel-miniter husband perspective the best way to pass on the teaching I get would be to love my wife better. To be more kind, patient, servant-hearted... to more consistently make decisions that are for her benefit.

There should be corrollories for the rest of church life too. Many times I've found myself about to grumble about the way something is done in church - because the books I've read or conferences I've been too, or Bible I've studied shows me a 'better' way. And yet all that study should make me a joy to be led, less grumbling, more humble, more inclined to bear with others and so on.