Are You a Marriage Consumer?
We live in a world that encourages consumerism. From commercials to billboards, we are encouraged to consume products and services to gain rest, pain-free living, joy, and satisfying relationships. Movies even encourage the idea that intimate relationships “complete me,” satisfy our need for joy, and offer escape from bad situations. In such a world, marriage can become just another product to consume our never-ending search for self-satisfaction. If we fall into this trap, we become marriage consumers.
- A marriage consumer uses marriage to satisfy his own needs and desires.
- A marriage consumer demands his spouse to fill him with joy.
- A marriage consumer expects his spouse to satisfy his hunger for approval and affection.
- A marriage consumer consumes sexual intimacy, expecting to receive all he “deserves.”
- A marriage consumer attaches himself to his spouse to get out of his parents’ house or away from the wrong crowd or into the most convenient lifestyle.
- Overall, the marriage consumer finds who can provide what he hungers for and consumes it. Unfortunately, he consumes while giving nothing in return. Eventually, he is left with an empty shell of a spouse, a spouse sucked dry with nothing left to give.
There is an alternative to being a marriage consumer. In our consumer-oriented world, this alternative will strike many as risky. It will arouse our fear of becoming a doormat to our spouse. But, I can assure you nothing is further than the truth. This alternative can fill your marriage to overflowing and…The more you give the more you have to give. What is the alternative? To become a marriage servant.
- A marriage servant his spouse as “more important than himself. He does not merely look out for his own personal interests, but also for the interests of his spouse (Philippians 2:3-4).
- A marriage servant listens to understand the needs and desires of his spouse (James 1:19).
- A marriage servant anticipates his spouse’s need for comfort, assurance, or love and strives to meet that need.
- A marriage servant constantly seeks ways to express his love to his spouse.
- A marriage servant engages in acts of kindness and support…smiling all the while.
- A marriage servant energetically builds his spouse up.
You get the idea. A marriage consumer seeks to satisfy his own needs and, in the process, sucks his spouse dry. A marriage servant seeks to satisfy his spouse’s needs and, in the process, fills both his spouse and himself to overflowing with love, joy, and peace. Which do you want to become?