Main Text: Eccl.4:9-10
Two are better than one. Because they have a good rewards for their labour. (Eccl.4:9)
There are at least seven reasons why your spouse is vital to a successful ministry.
It Is Not Good For You To Be Alone. (Gen.2:18)
There are aspects in your ministry that will be better handled by your spouse than yourself or any other person. When you are alone and consequently ask members of the opposite sex to handle it, it exposes you to temptations that may create problems that if not properly managed can destroy your ministry.
Your Indispensable Partner In Ministry.
By the reason of tenure, which is for a lifetime, your spouse is the only permanent member of your ministry. When some people leave, it may be painful, but, somehow, others will assume their role with the passage of time.
To Overcome Temptation.
Your spouse acts as a shield for you against the opposite sex. There is nothing you see in the opposite sex that is not available in your spouse given the right circumstances.
To Provide Checks And Balances.
When you want to take a decision and there is disagreement over the issue, it may be better for you to pray further before taking the step as God in a lot of situations may use your spouse to caution you.
The Best Motivation For Spiritual Growth.
In your quest to meet the spiritual needs of your family, you will discover that your family becomes one of the greatest motivations for your spiritual growth.
Your Best Prayer Partner.
If there is harmony in the home, God may reveal things to you alternately, so that if you miss a vital message He is passing across to you, your wife will not miss it. God therefore alternately reveals His mind to you so that you will know what to pray about.
Your Best Laboratory For Practical.
Through your marriage, God provides a laboratory where you can put into practice what you have been preaching.
When you fail to understand the importance of your spouse in your life vision, whether spiritual or secular, there are likely going to be problems which will be compounded over time.
Discussion Points With Your Spouse
* Confess to your spouse his or her importance in your ministry and other life endeavors.
* Discuss the likely problems that may arise when you ask another member of the opposite sex to be doing what your spouse is supposed to be doing in your ministry.
* How seriously do we take the counsel of each other?
I receive the grace to know the importance of my spouse and be able to carry him or her along in the attainment of my vision in Jesus’ name.
YOUR SPOUSE WILL EITHER BE THE GREATEST FRIEND OR THE GREATEST ENEMY THAT YOU WILL EVER HAVE IN LIFE. – Dr. Mike Oluniyi