Ephesians 5:24 reads, “Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.” Something occurred to me this last Wednesday night that struck me for the first time that I can remember. The imperative to wives isn’t understood without the comparison with the church. She understands her subjection to her husband from the subjection of the church to Christ. Subjection to Christ is assumed in the church. How could a woman expect to understand the subjection if she doesn’t have the example of a church subjecting itself to Christ? Also, the subjection to Christ of the church is comparable to the subjection of the wife to the husband. Could a woman even be considered to be in subjection to her husband if she subjected like most church members? It doesn’t seem like a contemporary idea for church members to be subject to Christ. A person is saved when He subjects Himself to Christ, and then He keeps subjecting. What about you?
Sometimes when I hear “mission,” I think of NASA, the mission to the moon, or the Army and a military mission. A mission is a purpose to fulfill and Jesus told us what that purpose was while He was here and especially right before He left. His mission was accomplished, but the Lord Jesus Christ gave us a mission to continue after He was gone. That mission is wrapped up in what is now called, The Great Commission. The Great Commission is the most basic components of the mission Jesus left us to do. In the most basic way, the mission is to go and preach the gospel to every person on earth. Jesus broke that down a little bit in Acts 1, when He said it was to be witnesses both in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. Two aspects of this is, one, “every creature,” every person on earth, and then, two, “both in” all of the places listed. A church has to think about more than right where it is. This is where supporting missionaries comes into fulfilling the mission Christ gave us.
One word I hate to hear from anyone is “bored,” especially from young people. Very often, when someone says he is bored, it means he’s not being entertained. He doesn’t have enough productive to do in order to stay interested himself on his own. I also hear the word “distraction.” Men look for distraction. What they have isn’t good enough, so they need to be distracted from it in order for them to cope. Because they are bored, they constantly look for distraction. The boredom is the emptiness, the lack of fulfillment. The joy in labor is a gift of God. Men don’t have that joy in their work. They have their work and they have their lives, but they aren’t fulfilled, because God never intended for man to experience true satisfaction without Him. That’s the itch that men can’t scratch. Of course, only through Jesus can men be reconciled to God, the only true solution for boredom.
When you look at the entire universe, the earth is very insignificant. A spacecraft photographed earth from Saturn’s rings and it is a speck of light with the moon as an even smaller speck. You would not judge this planet as being that important. It is most important in the vastness of space, because God created it special. However, your judgment is skewed if you judge by perspective. The relative size of earth is small. No, small things like earth can be greater than large things. As someone once wrote, little is much when God is in it. Summer time magnifies the smallness of our church. People are traveling. You add to that people being sick, and we might have half of who normally assemble. It doesn’t look like it could count for much, nor that it could be right. More people would believe what’s right. But that’s not how we know the truth. We know it by looking at scripture and through the Bible we find true significance.