“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” brings up a mental picture of a man declaring that upon his word, his whole household will be in obedience to God. I imagine most of you have thought the same thing.
But that may not be the real picture. It was brought home to me last week in a comment from Phyllis who blogs at www.pnissila.wordpress.com that it might not be the husband who declares “For me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Her comment was too good to be lost underneath my blog post.
This is what she said:
“In response to your comment about the need for a woman to lead where there is no husband around, so true. I will go one further.
I became a Christian many years before my husband came to Christ in a serious way. One day before his decision (and he was not very happy with my newfound spiritual interests) I was pondering the scripture, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” For some odd reason I thought that declaration was somehow up to the “man of the house,” read, “the head of the house.” Silly me.
For an instant, I felt really bad for my family, frustrated. Then, as we gently perceive the “voice” of the Holy Spirit, I “heard,” “But YOU are the spiritual head of the house.”
As the joy of the Lord filled me, (and as nobody else was home), I declared out loud and loudly, several times, “as for me and MY HOUSE, we will serve the Lord!”
When we deny full voice to the Body of Christ, so to speak, by insisting that one half of the Body of Christ can’t “speak” or do the Lord’s work for some silly reason or other, or because we want control over that half so they will do what we tell them to do, we do GREAT disservice to not only our households, but to the world at large. We truncate the work of the Holy Spirit. And I wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of those who do that, on judgement day.”
Many women get up on Sunday morning and get the kids ready to go to church while their husbands stay home. They, too, have declared “For me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
Praise the Lord for all of you who have decided to be in the Lord’s house – and to be head of your house. Read again 1 Peter 3:1 “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.” You get up on Sunday morning and take the kids to church. May you win over your husbands to the Lord.
A great big thank you to Phyllis for allowing me to post her comment so you all can see. How biblical! She is the head of her household, just as the women in 1 Peter 3:1.
Will you join with me in declaring that the head of the household can be the wife! Will you work with me for equality for all women so that that, too, will be able to say “For me and our household, we will serve the Lord.”