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Embrace Your Gifts

The success of a company is dependent upon a team of employees. However, in the beginning it depends upon only one. The president, CEO, or owner. If the owner of that company does well enough to get it off the ground, eventually they require additional team members to maintain and encourage growth. The owner may not know everything about technology, marketing, or finance, so he decides to hire a CFO, CTO, or CMO to manage those departments. So, what if a marriage looked like that?


Not necessarily the drive for money or customers but for the success of the partnership. The man has been called to lead his wife and the wife to be his helper (Genesis 2:20-22). In comparison to the company example, the husband is called to be the CEO while the wife is called to be the CFO, CTO, or CMO. The wife’s responsibilities are great, but the overall success of the marriage and company is dependent upon the man. If he is not bringing in enough money, investing the money in bad ventures, or not attentive to the needs of his household, it could crumble right beneath him. However, it cannot be ignored that CMO’s have destroyed sales through poor advertising or CTO’s have experienced data or information leaks, all this to say a woman can cause destruction as well with poor management of her role.


The man should be able to focus on the overall growth and success of the family while the woman is able to focus on details and greater depth. He creates all the opportunities to sustain a family and brings it home to his wife to craft it into something even more. Wouldn’t it be great if we had less responsibility so we could do more of the things God has called us to do by relying on a partner to help us? Have we seen successful single men and women, yes, but why not spread out the responsibilities and accept that two are better than one. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 ‘Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up’. These verses also speak to supporting one another when the other is down. There have been many instances in business when the CFO must step in for the CEO while they are on vacation or on sick leave. Marriage should be the same.

Culture has pushed ‘Independent’ women and men so hard that we believe it is actually better and easier for us. But in what ways?


It’s harder to buy a house, it’s harder to raise children, and studies have shown married men and women live longer than their single counterparts. This isn’t to say be anxious and settle for just anyone, this is to say work on yourself. Create the groundwork for a successful individual so when it is time to create a team with someone, you know your gifts and what you bring to the team. We are called to serve one another, and to use the gifts in a Christian marriage to serve your partner and show the world what Godly love looks like through your relationship. 1 Timothy 5:8 ‘Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.’

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