“Male and female he created them…then God said…Rule…” (Genesis 1:28-29)
I’ve been thinking about the command for families to rule.
Specifically the male/female ruling team described in Genesis 1.
We tend to think of individuals ruling.
When individuals rule you have to pick either a man or a woman.
But in the first command to rule in the Bible, God’s vision was for there to be a balance in ruling in both the masculine and the feminine.
The kingly rule of a man and the queenly rule of a woman working together.
It’s hard to find examples of this in practice today.
Where I see it emerge is in the leadership of a mature household.
A husband and a wife have done the hard work.
Their ruling team was forged through the diapers and the schedules and the attitudes and the budgets, and they have emerged maybe twenty years later, still in love. Now their team is ready for even more complex challenges.
This was the original vision for leadership.
Is this your vision for the future of your leadership team?
Men, do you have a queenly vision for your wife?
Women, do you long to rule beside your kingly husband?
What would happen if we thought of one another that way early in marriage?
What if we thought of ruling over those dirty dishes, that email inbox, that colicky baby as bootcamp to train up your ruling team?
The world needs husbands and wives, kings and queens, who have learned to work together to lead thriving households full of love, joy, and peace.
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