Thousands of Christian leaders are gathered in Louisville, KY for the Together for the Gospel Conference(Tim Challies is blogging about it here). Many of these leaders are married men who left behind their wives and children to participate. Like my husband and I, they are apart for the gospel this week. I’m sure I speak for many of these wives that we are eager for our husbands to have such a privilege to be freshly inspired, encouraged, and envisioned for the glory of the Gospel. And we anticipate the impact of such a conference not just on our husbands’ lives individually, but on their ministries, their churches, and the world around us. It is exciting, indeed.
And yet, it does require for many wives the sacrifice of being home alone with the kids. I know some of these wives and can honestly say that while the gospel is impacting their husbands at the conference, it is impacting their wives at home. Because the gospel has set her free to love, I know one mom who is making the most of this week by spending special time with her two teenage girls. Another mom is packing her home to relocate with her husband, yet again, for the furtherance of the gospel. Two moms I know will have very little sleep due to being woken up by sick children throughout the night. All of these ladies display in vibrant hues, the beauty of the gospel as they lay down their lives to serve their children and release their husbands for Together for the Gospel.
There might be another group of gals not feeling quite so heroic today. Maybe they succumbed to grumbling and complaining. Maybe they were filled with anxiety last night as they went to bed alone. Maybe they were tempted to self pity, or making their husbands feel guilty or indebted. For this group of gals (with whom I so closely identify) the gospel blazes forth in beauty as well. Jesus came to rescue sinners like us. His finished work on our behalf grants us forgiveness and cleansing for all of these sins. What mercy! What grace!
We have two more days to show forth the glorious gospel in a unique way. Because of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, we are able to receive pardon for our sins and power to be….apart for the gospel.