There is an old chorus we used to sing in church years ago that went, “Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.” The other day, without thinking, I began singing, “Every day with Susan is sweeter than the day before.” I stopped short and pondered if I was wrong by substituting Susan for Jesus. The more I thought on it, the more I realized that I was not, indeed, being blasphemous. Let me explain.
Susan is a most precious gift, given to me by my Lord in my latter years. She is precious and beautiful because our Lord Jesus Christ is in Sue’s heart. His qualities and character radiate out through her life, her laughter, her joy, her very being. He, personally, is reflected through the comfort and love she brings to me and to others, yet without compromising her unique personality. She is, truly, the Christian woman, sent by our Heavenly Father, to be an example of Jesus to me.
I realize that Susan has not replaced Christ. No, she is more of a reflection of Him; certainly not a perfect image of Jesus. You see, the image of Christ each of us reflects to our husband or wife (or to anyone else, for that matter) will always, in this life, give a distorted view of Him and His glory. But nevertheless the picture of Jesus that Susan reflects to me is there, unmistakable.
It’s like when we hear people say, “Oh, she acts so much like her Mother,” or “She reminds me of her Father when she says this or that.”
Now, my question that bears heavily upon each Christian is this: “Just how much of Christ is reflected in us to others?” In other words, how dirty is our mirror with the grime and smudges of our self? Is the true Biblical character of Christ reflected in me? Could Susan (or anyone) honestly sing, “Every day with Carl is sweeter than the day before?” (That thought makes me cringe!) I’m sure I get in the way far too much! How about you, Christian? Would you dare put your name in the blank space and permit others to sing those words about you?
In John, 14 and 16 Jesus promised every Christian that He would not leave them as orphans (that is, He would not leave them alone) when He went back to heaven but that He, personally, would come to live in them in the form of His Holy Spirit; live in them as a helper. One thing He helps with is to produce in each Christian certain fruits, such as love.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 14:28 and 16:7. ESV.)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control … (Galatians 5: 22 and 23. ESV.)
So since Christ Himself dwells in each and every true Christian, how many of us could honestly say that Jesus shines out through us or is reflected by us to others, or specifically to our husband or wife? How many others see the fruit of the Spirit of Jesus in me?
I don’t make it a habit of singing that old song, putting Susan’s name in place of Jesus, but I could because the fruit of the Spirit of Christ in her shines forth from her heart. I love and respect the gift of artwork the Lord has given to me to be my bride. And all the more I honor and glorify the artist Himself, my Lord Jesus, for bringing Susan to me.
Ask the Lord Jesus to teach you to love and respect your wife or husband, to see the fruit of Christ in her or him. Ask Him also to help you be the true reflection of Christ in you to others.
If you have not yet asked Jesus into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior, today is better than tomorrow. He is waiting to hear your simple prayer.
Addendum: Novels by Carl Peters, available on Amazon Kindle, above right.
Victory – Heroes are sometimes found in the most unusual places. Victory is the short story about a boy’s daydreams and how he learned “the secret formula of how to make his dreams come true” … from a most unusual friend. Victory is an animated fantasy adventure for the whole family.
The Tallest Angel – The inspirational family adventure novel based on the short story, Victory. This family story takes over where Victory ends, that is, AFTER RICHIE WAKES UP from his dream adventure! A fun story, part real life, part Disney-like animated fantasy, woventogether to surely charm the kid in each of us.
Solo – A twenty-four year old Christian woman, Joy, is tempted to stray from her Lord. But through a series of unique, heaven-sent events she is befriended by Paul, an older man who steps in as the father figure Joy has not had for nine years. As their father – daughter friendship develops, Paul gives Joy much-needed wholesome Christian advice about life and marriage.
Transgression – Definitely an edgy John Grisham type novel. The story of a sinful preacher and the terrible consequences his sin brings upon his church family. The amazing part of this story is how the Lord eventually brings a silver lining out of the darkest storm clouds. This story is powerful, at times overwhelming, yet gentle in its application of God’s truths.