What not to hide
By Tom Davis
During World War II, when England was facing invasion, gemstones from the royal crown jewels were stashed away in a biscuit tin in case they fell into enemy hands. The stones were buried in a deep hole at Windsor Castle following orders from King George VI as a precaution against Nazi occupation.
The queen, for her safety, did not know until much later that the jewels had been removed from the royal display case.
Marriage acts as a display case for the world to see the love of God. That kind of love is painstakingly produced between spouses through sacrifice and tough times. It’s invaluably precious. Meticulously curated from years of care, as we overcome natural hard-heartedness. Our world desperately wants to know if the love of God is real.
Though my marriage is imperfect (like any natural gemstone), my radical commitment and sacrifice to the needs of my spouse showcase volumes. I can’t stash the love of God in a biscuit tin and hide it away for fear:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
For more on displaying God’s extravagant love, listen to “Love Lays Down Its Rights.”
The good stuff: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)
Action points: Jesus’ life radically showed the kindness and mercy of God. What difference would it make if your marriage was primarily about displaying God’s glory?
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