This post is written to those of you who are like Randell, a young newlywed I’ve traded emails with and spoken to by phone. Randell loves God, and is dedicated to making his marriage nine month-old marriage work. Like many of you, Randell and his wife have run into issues, and are working through them.
Randell recently completed the 30-day Colossians challenge we issued in our free videos, and told me that it was not always easy to walk in love with his wife — especially when it seemed like what he was following in the scriptures was not bringing him the result he sought. Still, he kept moving forward.
I can relate to what Randell experienced, and if you’re honest, so can you. It’s not easy to do it God’s way when you don’t see instant results. It’s not easy to do it God’s way when you can push this button or pull that lever and get a somewhat-suitable and immediate response.
So, how does one maintain the resolve, drive, and energy to go it God’s way while waiting for His promised results? The answer is found in Colossians 3:23: Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
In other words, do it for Jesus. Do it because He is the rewarder (Colossians 3:24, Hebrews 13:6). Do it because He honors those who are obedient (Isaiah 1:19). Do it because He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Do it because you want to please Him.
When it’s hard to do marriage God’s way, be like Randell, and do it for Jesus.