The disciples said to Him, If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry. But He said to them, Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it. Matthew 19:10-12
Jesus was tested by the Pharisees regarding marriage and divorce. They understood that marriage was a God-ordained institution, but failed to realize Moses’ command about issuing a certificate of divorce was not a reflection of God’s desire for a divorce but an accommodation for the hardness of man’s heart and protection for spouses. After reiterating God’s design for marriage (a man leaving his mother and father and cleaving to his wife… the two becoming one flesh, etc.), Jesus takes a hard line on divorce. The disciples were trying to understand if it would be better not to marry at all and avoid the entire complication. Jesus puts marriage into perspective. Its less important than the kingdom of God, though it illustrates the awaiting relationship with God we will enjoy. The kingdom of God is eternal, marriage may not be.
Do I value what God values? I know He values marriage. But do I value the kingdom of God even more?
God, I thank you for my wife Maureen. I couldn’t imagine life without her because she is the constant daily reminder to me of You and Your great love. Would you move in and through both our lives today as we start the day on separate tasks but come together for a wonderful time of serving within the kingdom of God! Help me be the husband I could be this side of heaven and to enjoy the great gift I have in her.