Your Wife Is A Rental Car

“I often remind my wife Vanessa that she resembles a rental car.

Great way to start a blog post right? Now before you get up in arms about my opening line, just think about it…someday, I have to turn my wife back in to her heavenly Father, GOD. Kind of intimidating right? As a husband, I am held responsible not only for the well being of my wife, but for her as a person, as a Christian, and as a mother. I’m responsible for her spiritual health, her emotional health, her mental and everything in between. And in this way she resembles a rental car.

Still not with me?

It’s like this…Have you ever rented a vehicle from an airport or while you were on vacation? If so, then you know that there is a high price to pay if you don’t return the car in almost BETTER, condition then when you first received it. It needs to be clean, it needs to not have any dents or scratches, the gas needs to be topped off, and the windshield wiper fluid needs to be moderately full. If not, then there is a price to pay. The same goes for our wives, and our children for that matter, because in the end THEY ARE NOT YOURS! You as a husband have to turn your wife back in to Christ someday.

How you doin‘ with that?

It seems that after you are married for a while, you start to feel ownership over your spouse. But it’s important to remember that she is not yours, she is on loan from God. And that means how you treat her is important. Remember when you were a teenager, and you picked up that girl on a first date and you had that awkward, “in the door-way, if you touch my daughter i‘m gonna kill you cause i own a shotgun, and by the way i was a marine”, conversation with the girls dad? Yeah, it’s kind of like that, except your wifes REAL dad is somewhat more powerful. He spoke a few words and created everything you know to be, all of creation bends to His will, He sits on a throne in the heavens, He has power over life and death, He is outside of time. This is the Guy you have to return your wife to after your extended date(marriage). So the real point is, GROW UP! Stop treating your wife like she is only good for cleaning up after your mess and watching your kids, and cooking your food. Stop treating her like she needs to bow to your every command. You are not her King, but she should be treated like your queen. Get over yourself.

Men love to quote Ephesians 5: 22, “Wives submit to your husband.” But the greater calling is on you men! Keep reading! Look at verse 25! Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless!

See your wife doesn’t just submit to you out of duty alone, but rather she responds with submission when she trusts that you, her husband, is submitting to her by loving her like Christ loves the church. Which means you must be willing to lay your life down for her. And don’t go all poetic on me and say, “Well, I WOULD die for my wife!”

       Great!

    Fantastic!

Good For You!

The real question is, can you lay your life down for her every day? Are you willing to put aside your needs? Your desires? Your wants? Your time? For her? That’s what it means to lay your life down for her! And when you do this, your wife responds with biblical submission out of a trust and security that she gains by knowing that you care more about her than you do yourself, and that you answer to her Heavenly Father.

So, check the oil, top off the gas, keep it clean, drive carefully, and know that soon you will be turning your rental back in to the REAL owner.

 

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