I Am Married To Christ
Rom. 7:4 Wherefore, my
brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that
ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the
dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
the day that I fell dead before the law was a glorious day! I was so
married to the law that my carnal mind could not conceive of Christ or his
redemption. I saw it from afar; I pursued it with continuous effort
as a child; I sang its beautiful rhyme and rhythm. I read its book
and was amazed by its Master. I enjoyed the fellowship with its
citizens and comrades. I engaged in its duties and longed for its best
promises. But I was married to another and could not have that one
true and eternal allegiance to the Master of that redemption. As
such I was not true to redemption's Master; neither was I true to my own
master--I was serving two masters and could not give complete love and
obedience to either.
knowing my plight, I went on day to day with my mediocre allegiance and
practice, endeavoring to be true to both my earthly and hellish master and
also to my heavenly Master, the one which I mindfully professed but did
not possess. The law of the carnal commandment, although I was
unaware, had stroked me to death, and I was under its curse. Christ's law
was, unknown to be, far beyond my grasp and obedience. In my
ignorance I pressed toward a mark which I could not reach, and I was
adamant about it. From the age of ten years I played piano in church
services. I listened intently to the preacher's messages. I
held on to every thought and endeavored to dig deeper into the word of God
by personal reading. I prayed daily and desired the most pious
position before God, but I was not pious; I was infamous to him and so
afar that I was alone in the world and had no knowledge of that loneliness
and separateness from his kingdom.
was but thirteen years of age, however, the Lord Jesus Christ visited my
home through a young preacher. This man simply asked if I had
trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I was without an answer,
for I had not ever thought of that very question as it applied to me
personally. I knew what was needed; I knew the Gospel, but I was
never before struck by the necessity of my response to it. In that
very hour the Spirit of God was upon me, and I surrendered to what I knew
to be true all along. I trusted Jesus Christ that very day.
very day I fell in love with Jesus. I never knew him in that way
before. He had given a promise in his word, and that day he gave
assurance that he would never leave me nor forsake me. The very
moment I believed, I was married to Christ. He became so precious to
me. My love for Jesus Christ became much greater than for my former
master. My love exceeded the love of carnal things. I became
imbibed with his love to me, because I later learned that, before I loved
him, he loved me.
love and redemption of Jesus Christ has overwhelmed me from that day to
this, but I am sad to say that I have not always loved him as he has loved
me. I have had second thoughts about my other love, my carnal
desires, and my earthly plans. I have wished for and pursued after
some very temporary things and have left my Lord in order to do it.
I have neglected to be allegiant to him and have forsaken him like Demas.
I feel so unworthy that he would promise to love me unconditionally, for I
have not loved him the same. But the Lord is with me even when I am far
from him. He loves me when I do not love him as I should. He
comes to me and persuades me to come to him, kneel beneath his shadow and
to be intimate with him--this makes life worth living.
when this temporal life is over and the want and woe of this life have long
ceased to be, I will love him as I have wished to love him. I will
praise him as I have wished to praise him. I will receive his
admonitions as I have always wanted to do. I will have affection for
him and no other. I now acknowledge my weakness and my wantonness
and confess my unfaithfulness and my hypocrisy. I desire to be like
him and to be with him. One day I will be with him, but now I must
be grateful to be married to him, free from the law, a happy condition,
and desirous to live with him eternally. Married to him by grace, I
will receive the benefit of his eternal home and his endless and glorious
love. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.
Pastor Ronnie Wolfe
February 16, 2007