For the week of December 26, 2022
Grace Equally Dispensed
If you’ve ever felt frustrated and stifled because of a restrictive, oppressive relationship with someone, you’ve got plenty of company. Traditional relationships between men and women were structured according to the old covenant of the Law of Moses, which limits both genders to narrow, biased expectations. However, the new covenant of grace transforms our relationships and destroys all limitations. Because of what Jesus did, grace is now dispensed equally to everyone.
This negates the “Who’s the boss?” mentality that plagues so many marriages and relationships we see around us. Being the head according to God’s plan involves sacrificial servanthood, the way Jesus demonstrated during His ministry. Jesus told His disciples that true leadership didn’t mean exercising dominion over others the way the Gentile leaders did, but rather ministering to them the way He demonstrated.
The dictionary defines “head” as one who is in command or authority. The Bible teaches that submission is mutual; compared to the dictionary, the biblical definition of the word “head” is much different. Although the husband is the head of the wife, his responsibility is to nourish and cherish her, not to dominate her. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives be to their husbands in everything; in turn, husbands are to love their wives the same way Christ loves the church.
Our relationships must now catch up to this definition of headship so that God’s favor can fall on men and women equally, the way He intended it from the beginning. Grace opens up new opportunities for all believers to use the gifts and talents they received from God. In Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither male nor female.
God shows no partiality; therefore, there’s no reason to show it in how we treat each other. He made both male and female in His image and blessed them both. Therefore, we’re all free to walk in His blessings.
Lord, no longer do we need to force ourselves into painful, outdated relationships or roles that limit us. As people made in Your image, we now have the freedom to serve others the way You called us to. We’re grateful for that. In Jesus’ name, amen.