Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
- Colossians 3:12-19
We went to a destination wedding the other day. The wedding was on top of a hill, outdoors. The reception was in a barn. But what was said by everyone through the three days of celebration was more closely associated with a revival. There are always references to God in any Christian wedding, but this seemed different.
At the rehearsal dinner, the father of the groom basically gave a sermon, focusing on how the bride and groom put God first in their lives. He also talked about praying for his son’s future bride when his son was born, not having any idea that she was playing in the mud of Senegal.
At the reception, the father of the bride, a Wycliffe Bible translator, gave another sermon, with a few interesting anecdotes of life in Senegal, where his daughter grew up.
Then the matron of honor talked about being roommates with the bride, but about half the remembrances were about Bible study, praying, and worshiping.
The best man spoke about playing every sport with his best friend, the groom. Then he quoted Scripture.
I skipped the pastor’s message, that included the Scripture above. But you would expect that in a wedding ceremony message. But even then, he did not shy away from the word ‘submit,’ followed by the concept of love.
It seemed that the bride and groom were already deciding a new direction in their lives. Will they become missionaries, or will the groom find a means of employment to establish his own mission in the community where he lives?
Regardless of their career paths, they are dedicated for service to God.
It is very important to start off on the right foot. It won’t be easy, but Jesus can carry the heavy load, if they trust Him. This is a good reminder for all of us. And I pray that this young couple maintains their focus on God.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.