What is the purpose of relationships? Why do we seek out partners and marriage?
If I am honest with myself and others, I will admit to a great deal of selfishness regarding my desire for relationships. I don’t want to be alone. I want to be loved and cherished. I want to be appreciated. I want to be needed. I want to have my needs met.
But, let’s consider the biblical purpose of relationships for a moment. Flip your Bibles open to Genesis and take a look at the familiar account of creation. Now, look specifically at Genesis 2:18, which reads, “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.’” (NASB)
This verse launches into the beautiful passage establishing the foundation of marriage. And what a glorious institution it is! But, there’s more to this passage than just marriage. After all, not everyone marries. Not everyone is supposed. But, the statement of “it is not good for man to be alone” is applicable to everyone – not just married folks.
That shows us that this is not strictly the establishment of marriage. It is the establishment of all relationships. All aspects of companionship, marital and otherwise. We need others in our lives.
To fully glorify God in our lives.
Yes, my friends, it is that simple. We were made to glorify God. We were created to have communion with Him. But, how do we truly accomplish that without other people around us?
Marriage advice reminds us that this is not a 50/50 gig. Instead, we are advised to give 100%. Christian marriage counseling reminds us to simply trust that God will take care of the balance.
But I would argue that it’s less a matter of what we give to our spouses and more a matter of what we give to God. We give 100% to Him, offering Him our full spiritual sacrifice – our very lives – and allow Him to be glorified through every aspect of our lives. That includes our marriages. Oh, and every other relationship as well.
What would happen if we considered our marriages and other relationships to be avenues for God’s glory? What would become of our problems? Our disagreements? Our irritations?
Why don’t we give it a try this week?