Serving My Wife

29 Nov

You will fulfill your mission by serving your wife! – Holy Spirit

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

What does it mean to serve my wife?

While Diana Gonzalez was speaking during the very first hour of the two day Life Focus workshop in Virginia Beach on November 15, the Holy Spirit gave me one of the most powerful revelations of my life. He told me, “You will fulfill your mission by serving your wife!”

I realized right away that God was calling me to serve my wife at a much deeper level – to listen to her with Holy Spirit ears and with the same passion and compassion as when we first met – to put her interests ahead of my own.

While we know that Jesus modeled servant leadership, the highest level of leadership possible, it’s often easier to spend our time and energy serving people other than our own spouses. 

The best role models I’ve had in my life for servant leadership have been my own parents. I’ll never forget the day my father retired at the Pentagon from a very distinguished career. To my surprise, the very first thing he did in front of family and high-ranking generals and government officials was acknowledge my mother as his best friend and to thank her for the key role she played in his success and the success of our family. He followed that by sharing a simple example – he asked her just once to ensure that all their children and grandchildren were present at his retirement celebration and there we all were.

Yesterday, Jeff Williams, cofounder of Grace and Truth, sent a daily devotional titled “Dying to Self.” He said, “Selfless focus on the needs of others is imperative for authentic love. True love – the kind of love that never fails, the kind that not only transforms but beautifies relationships, is selfless. Selfless love, the only real love, isn’t our nature. Rather, it is supernatural, born from Christ’s life in us because selflessness is His nature. To really love, we need more of Him; not more of ourselves.”

An authentic Christian walk is marked by a moment of surrender, followed by a daily surrender – a daily dying to self.

Prayer Power
Father God, I am so humbled at this moment by your grace and mercy in blessing me with such wonderful parents and such a loving wife. Help me to do a much better job serving them. Keep me from putting my agenda ahead of my selfless service to them. Make my family a testimony of Your goodness and greatness when a family truly puts You first in all areas of our lives. May the way we love each other be our best witness for You. Thank You Jesus. I love You so much. Amen.

Link of the Day
Career accomplishments of Darrell L. Peck – my father  []

Blessing to serve your spouse and parents with the heart of Jesus!