Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Getting Into the Word? Is the Word Getting Into You?

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
John 15:1 NASB

Dennis Rainey of Family Life makes the following startling statement:

This may seem like a shocking thing to say, but I firmly believe that most Christian marriages are actually patterned after the world, with a few threads of Christianity woven in. Couples know certain Bible verses, but few really practice the Word of God and use it as the defining standard for their lives.
I’ve taken the liberty of slightly revising Dennis’ litmus test for whether or not your marriage is more Christian in name than in design. Could you and your spouse sit with a couple who is about to be married and spend several hours laying out what Scripture has to say about marriage and family issues -everything from raising children to God's blueprints and purposes for marriage? And could you tell this couple that you attempt to adhere to the principles that you so lay out?

Dennis then quoted John 15:4 as he explained:

Jesus painted the picture when He declared Himself the vine, with us as the branches. He said, "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me" (John 15:4). The word "abide" here is used to describe drawing the source of life from Jesus, like a branch draws its life from the vine. It means to make Jesus Christ and His Word the source of your convictions, decisions and mission in life. Just as branches draw their nutrients from the vine, so too we are only able to grow spiritually when we're firmly attached to Christ, drawing our life from the source of all truth.

The stark reality is that if every couple who professes to be Christian truly worked at applying Scriptural principles to their marriage there would be no need for counselors and almost no divorces among Christian couples.

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