Let’s be proactive about battling our natural quest of dominance
16 To the woman he said,
“I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;
in pain you shall bring forth children.
Your desire shall be contrary to your husband,
but he shall rule over you.”
Power. Influence. Control. We might not admit the desire for these within our hearts right away, but they’re there. Unfortunately, they’ve been there since this little incident in the Garden of Eden. We all want our voice to be heard. We want our influence to count for something. We want control over big and small things in our lives. And they often rear their ugly head in a quest for dominance.
Just look around during a heightened political season. The very word ‘politics’ entails a quest for dominance, whether it’s governing politics, work politics, church politics or marriage politics. Whether you’re in a position of leadership or being lead, you certainly have opinions, principles and beliefs you wish to live by. Whether you’re prone to persuade others or prone to avoid conflict, your heart is bound to feel this battle inside.
So, it’s no surprise when this quest of dominance comes out in our closest relationships. It’s no surprise when we read, “Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you” (Genesis 3:16). No matter what relationships we find ourselves in, we experience this to one extent or another. Our sin brings out the battle raging inside. Instead of fighting together for a shared mission, Adam and Eve begin to turn against one another focusing on their contrary and competing desires. Instead of working toward a common purpose, they both desire to ‘rule’ or gain a sense of control. Instead of uniting hand-in-hand, they turn to stand fist-to-fist. Let’s be proactive about battling our natural quest of dominance and jump in to serve hand-in-hand at South Fellowship Church so that our kingdom mission becomes greater than any individual one. Log onto South’s website to see the opportunities to serve together.
By Yvonne Biel