Jesus . . . for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross. Hebrews 12:2
Christ's devotion to His Father and to God's love for me kept Him on the cross. It was His unwavering commitment to His heavenly Father that prompted Him to begin His ministry by submitting Himself to baptism by John. It was Christ's devotion to His Father that motivated Him to spend forty days in the desert, alone and needy, so that He could be tempted with everything I might face—and yet remain victorious. It was because of His dedication to His Father that Christ endured the rejection, hatred, and betrayal of the very people He would die for. Christ's devoted commitment was ultimately displayed in the turning point of human history—His death on the cross.
Hebrews tells us that Christ endured the cross because He looked forward to the joy of the days before Him. That means He so looked forward to a relationship with me that He was willing to die. The joy of the relationship with me is a part of what motivated Christ to put up with all the ridicule and disappointment.
We need a taste of that devotion if our marriages are to survive the tests life is sure to bring.
Couples often ask for marital help after one of life's tragedies, such as a baby lost in labor, .a bankruptcy, or a rebellious teenager. None of us is exempt from life's pain, but couples seem to take two distinct paths as they recover from life's hurts. For some couples, tragedy draws them closer together. For others, tragedy seems to break the already fragile relationship.
The couples who survive life's tragedies are the ones who show devotion in the everyday things. They express commitment and devotion to one another regularly through acts of devotion, big and small.
What acts of devotion—big and small—will you perform for your spouse today?
Lord, help me to remember to perform acts of devotion for my spouse.