An Equal Wife
Do I consider my equality with my Husband as a type of "robbery," something that I should steal from him, something that I'm "getting away with"? My equality with my Husband should not be viewed as something I am competing over or that I covet; it is already there! Remember:
The equality is already there, especially in the eyes of God. Sure, my Husband and I are very different, with very different God-given roles. Different is not inequality. . who told us wives that it was? (I have a few ideas, but I'll have to save that for another post!) Why did I take on that belief--that if I submit to God's Word by submitting to my Husband that I am somehow unequal? What am I trying to prove to my Husband any time I usurp his authority? That I'm equal to him? That is not the mind of Christ.
Here's a closer look. . .
My Bible's study notes offered the following explantion:
"robbery: Because Christ was God, He did not look on sharing God's nature as robbery, that is, as "a thing to be seized," as though He did not already possess it, or as "a thing to be retained," as though He might lose it.
equal: As used in this verse, this word speaks of equality of existence. Christ was fully God, but He limited Himself in such a way that He could also be completely human. In Christ, God became man."
Quite simply, trying to control things in my marriage in an effort to seize power, gain equality, or to be sure that I am still equal, is not the mind of Christ. God has already made me equal in my existence alone, in my person, in who I am in Christ.
Oh, I thank God for the truth of His Word!!
I have more studying to do (Philippians 2:7-8), more prayers to pray, and more growing ahead. There's nothing like being molded by the Lord!
I encourage you all to seek the mind of Christ.