I challenged my seven year old son to a pushup contest. Over the course of a day we recorded our contributions to the tally, five to ten at a time.
I am amazed and proud that he did 235 pushups!
And he pushed me to do 300, about 200 more than I thought I’d be doing.
The reason I challenged my son was to inspire him to good exercise habits. Over time as he sees me exercising and joins in, so he will learn and grow healthy.
This got me thinking, does God challenge us to contests? Surely the answer is yes.
As all of us reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, we are becoming more like him with ever-increasing glory by the Lord’s Spirit.
2 Cor 3:13 ISV
God has goals for our healthy growth, and He challenges us to watch Him, do what He is doing, and thus learn and grow.
The older I get the more I am convinced God desires and challenges us to have awesome marriages because it helps us understand God’s heart, His desires, specifically for Christ and the Bride as seen in Ephesians 5:22-33 with key verses 31 and 32:
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and will be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This mystery is great – but I am actually speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
Husband, do you love your wife as Jesus loves the Church–His Bride?
Wife, do you respect your husband as the Church–the Bride–does Jesus?
Are you taking God’s challenge to have an awesome marriage, both for your immediate benefit and to align with God’s heart?
I’m not saying it’s easy, it may be the hardest thing you ever do, but it is very good. And that is how God grows us.