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On Your Hands and Knees

There was a man telling his friend that he and his wife had a serious argument the night before.

“But it ended,” he said, “when she came crawling to me on her hands and knees.”

“What did she say?” asked the friend.

The husband replied, “She said, Come out from under that bed, you coward!”

We husbands like the idea of our wives coming to us on their hands and knees. We are quick to memorize Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” And yes, the Bible does teach the leadership of the husband. But it is not a leadership patterned after Genghis Khan. Rather, it is a leadership patterned after Jesus Christ, and it seems to me He spent some time on His hands and knees (John 13; Phil. 2:8).

In Paul’s teaching on the roles of husbands and wives, he gives an important principle for us all – the principle of mutual submission:

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)

Spend some time on your hands and knees today (in humble service or in prayer). Strangely enough, you may find that people look up to you as a result!

[Jesus] knelt down and prayed. . . (Luke 22:41)

Alan Smith
Alan Smith
Alan Smith serves as the minister for the Cruciform Church of Christ (www.cruciformcoc.com) in Spring Lake, North Carolina. Alan has been preaching for 39 years and has been with the Cruciform Church of Christ since February 2016. He received a bachelor’s degree in Bible from Freed-Hardeman College in 1977, and has previously preached for congregations in Milan, TN, Bassett, VA, Roanoke Rapids, NC, Gloucester, VA, Boone, NC, White House, TN, and Fayetteville, NC. Alan has been married for 39 years to the former Sueanne Sword, and they have three children — Charity (living in TN), Amber (living in NC) and Joshua (living in KY). They are also blessed with six grandchildren. Alan started the daily e-mail devotional, “Thought For the Day” in September 1997. He enjoyed sharing humorous stories received by e-mail with his friends and members of the congregation and felt that people might enjoy reading those bits of humor with a spiritual application and challenge to Christian living, so TFTD was born. Initially sent to 25 friends, it was passed on and passed on until eventually it reached over 6,000 subscribers in all fifty states and over 90 different countries. To receive the free issues of “Thought For the Day,” send a blank email to [email protected].

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