Ephesians 5:25: Beyond sacrificial living

 Ephesians 5--25

From time to time, as we read and study the Word of God, we may encounter a reference to particular verse that we may have heard numerous times before, but this fresh encounter offers an illustration or application of a particular verse in a specific content that widens our understanding and deepens our appreciation of what the God is really saying. Recently I thought of a verse that is often recited at weddings and other occasions where the role of the husband is presented:

Ephesians 5:25 (AMP):

25 Husbands, love your wives [seek the highest good for her and surround her with a caring, unselfish love], just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

A year ago, I attended a men’s Bible study with one of my sons-in-law, focusing on “The Journey to Authentic Manhood,” as modeled by Jesus Christ in his 33 years on earth. The session was one of a series of discussions related to some of the challenges that confront men in the quest for “authentic manhood” in our relationships as husbands, fathers, co-workers, and other areas of responsibilities.

In thinking about Ephesians 5:25, I also thought of this poem that captures the essence of one of the principal attributes of authentic manhood:

Sacrificial Living: Assignment of Manhood

Forgetting things left behind, I press toward the mark.

The passion that now inflames my life was once a spark.

This all-consuming fire, great light dispels the dark,

As I abide in God’s presence in a place beyond the Ark.

 

I continue to strive ever toward the highest good

With sacrificial living: assignment of manhood.

 

Like Christ, I endure the cross while despising the shame

And accept this high calling and embrace my new name.

By grace to stand in His presence without any blame,

I continue to strive ever toward the highest good.

 

Always remaining aware that God is in control,

I am still running to serve as my life’s highest goal.

This zeal for God and His Word burns deep within my soul,

With sacrificial living: assignment of manhood.

 

Being fully persuaded, I now know that I know

That God will fulfill His will and declare, “It is so!”

I set aside pride; where He leads me I will follow:

I continue to strive ever toward the highest good.

 

Looking to the future, I walk by faith, not by sight.

To do all the will of God still remains my delight

To follow Christ’s command that I should be salt and light

With sacrificial Living: assignment of manhood.

 

To speak the Word of life in all that I do and say,

To follow in the steps of Christ all along the way.

Until the final victory, I must watch, fight and pray.

I continue to strive ever toward the highest good.

 

Triumphant from faith to faith and glory to glory,

I still seek God’s face in the place of my destiny.

Life continues to unfold as a scroll before me.

With sacrificial living: assignment of manhood.

 

With a love so strong, yet ever so tender,

Nothing can dissuade me, nor can anything hinder.

I will hold fast to the faith and never surrender.

God’s Word hidden in my heart, I’ll always remember:

 

I continue to strive ever toward the highest good

With sacrificial living: assignment of manhood.

Recently I heard a reference to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ in his undying commitment to the Church. As I listened to Chris Webb, spoken-word poet, his riveting rendition of “Mattress” aroused in me an even deeper appreciation of the Lord Jesus Christ, who modeled the depth of sacrificial living that men should have for their wives:

Having heard and seen this, my reading and understanding of Ephesians 5:25 will never be the same.

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One Response to “Ephesians 5:25: Beyond sacrificial living”

  1. Kristi Ann Says:

    Amen!!

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