Monday, September 05, 2011

Thoughts On 1 Cor. 3:8

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 1 Cor. 3:8

Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 1 Cor. 3:8

This reminds me that childbirth is designed to unify a couple. Together they work with God to bring forth a child. The man plants the seed, the woman nurtures it in her womb. This continues through labor and birth where they work together in their own way to bring forth the child.

Per God's design, in the post-partum phase, the mother continues to nurture the child and the father must assume the role of provider. The woman becomes dependent upon the man's provisions as her main objective is not to participate in earning income, but rather to focus her energy on nurturing and nourishing the child for the first two years of life, ideally.

This concept is difficult to accept for many couples. Some women value their independence and may not want to give up their income and freedom. Men may not want the responsibility of being the sole provider. There may be a power struggle.

Recently an expectant co-worker told me that she wouldn't feel like she was doing her fair share if she were a stay-at-home mom and that the father of her child would feel the same way. She also expressed concern over his ability to provide for them, even though he had a good paying job, because of his spending habits.

Couples in Christ must recognize the benefits of God's plan. The two must learn to trust each other, have faith in God and accept their knew roles. They can learn from Christ's example of submission to the will of the Father, both understanding there are times and seasons for everything under the sun.

God's design is beautiful and purposeful and we are rewarded according to our own work.

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