Monday, September 19, 2011
Bringing a Lost Husband to the Lord
1Pe 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
Christianity, though it is a faith for all, does seem to have more women adherents sans spouses than men without their wives sharing the faith. This is because men tend to be more self-sufficient and individualistic. Machismo keeps a lot of men from casting their cares upon the Lord.
Christian women everywhere pray that their husbands come to faith in Christ. Peter gives them a few advantageous ways to make Christianity commodious for their men.
1. Be in subjection. Men despise that which undermines their perceived headship of the home. A wife, who claims Christ as Savior, but is at odds with her husband in neutral matters and will not honor her husband, has a husband who is not likely to be attracted to her belief system. Please realize, sister in Christ, that he WILL BE testing you on this, FREQUENTLY and probably over a LONG period of time.
2. Guard your Walk. Your husband is "beholding your conversation." That is, he is watching your testimony. Though he may be looking for an opportunity to say "aha!" he needs to see that you are consistent in your faith. Satan would love nothing more than to get him thinking that you are smitten with some guy at the church, or that the church is pulling you away from him. Constantly reaffirm that you are committed to him as husband and Christ as Savior.
3. Talk Properly. Peter says that our conversation must be tempered with care. Our words should be chosen with care so as to not offend unnecessarily.
4. Dress Appropriately. Dress admirably for your husband, modestly for the Lord, appropriately for the job, and carefully for the world.
You may have not trusted the Lord on the first occasion of being presented with the Gospel. Neither will he so so. He needs to know that your faith makes you a better wife and a better person. He wants to see your faith translate into improved skills with the children, the community, the kitchen and, dare I say it, the bedroom. These are the things that, hopefully, will bring a good Christian's husband to the Lord.
Because he presently “obeys not the Word”, you are the Bible in shoe leather to him and you are God's primary witness to bring him to Christ. Pray daily for his salvation, look for open doors to witness to him. Be VERY patient. Don't cajole, don't complain, don't whine, don't belittle. Be in subjection, be careful, be real, have character, keep on loving and caring. Be not weary in well doing, for in due season you will reap, if you faint not.