We, as resurrected born-again Christians (the church), are often referred to as the Bride of Christ. All who have obtained salvation by grace through faith are His Bride. And one day the Lord, the Bridegroom, will come for His people, His Bride, and make all things new. The wedding ceremony will take place and the official union will be accomplished. (Revelation 19:7-9 and 21:1-2). Hallelujah!
Dreaming of a wedding
As women, many of us should find it easy to imagine such a glorious and special wedding ceremony. As I look back on my childhood I remember as a little girl, I would often dream about my wedding day. I would wonder how I would look on this day, what kind of dress I would be wearing, and whether my wedding decor would be a modern or a fairytale type. What kind of matching jewelry would I be wearing and how would I wear my hair; pretty, loose hanging curls or just elegantly placed upon my head? Most importantly, who would be the man I would marry? All questions most of us have probably pondered at one point in time.
The dating process
When I met my husband, I was sure that I wanted to be his wife and what a blessing that he wanted to be my husband. During the dating process, we would spend a great deal of time together and were getting to know each other better and better. We were falling more and more in love and were very much enjoying each other’s company. We were both looking forward to being husband and wife one day. This is also true with our relationship with Jesus. In fact, we should have even more eagerness and more desire to spend time with Jesus, our future Husband, than with anyone else. We, as daughters of Christ, must put forth effort in this eternal relationship for it to prosper and grow. God desires to spend time with you. He is a jealous God and wants to have an everlasting, intimate relationship with you. The more time you spend with Him and the more you seek Him, you cannot help to fall more and more in love with Him every moment of every day.
Precious intimate moments
I must honestly admit that I spend more time with Him on somedays more than others. I often see this happening in my life when I allow “distractions” of everyday living to take precedence rather than making time for the Lord. Trust me, during my Christian walk I’ve learned that the enemy loves nothing more than to distract us from spending precious time with the Lord. If I would allow this pattern of “distraction” (whatever it may be for you) to continue, I would be missing out on the most important relationship of my life.
We must become keenly aware of His soft, loving voice that calls us saying, “Dear one, where are you?”
Intimate moments with the Lord cannot be replaced by anything or anyone else; there’s no comparison. Sitting at His feet and resting in His presence is the best place to be. Fortunately, the Lord loves us too much to let us remain distracted. His gentle conviction and correction guides me back in the direction of His loving arms and our relationship continues to grow and strengthen. We must become keenly aware of His soft, loving voice that calls us saying, “Dear one, where are you?” What a wonderful, merciful, and patient Fiancé we have.
Preparing for His arrival
As we await our wedding day a question we all may have is, “How do we prepare for it as the Bride of Christ”? Are we adorning ourselves as nicely as possible for our loving Lord? Are we preparing ourselves, our hearts for His arrival? How do we make ourselves beautiful for Him? I think that it is the sanctification process throughout our lives and good works that make us a beautiful bride for our Lord. I’m not saying it is good works that will save you, but rather we have been saved to do good works and fulfill the purpose of the Lord. We must be salt and light on this earth. We must show mercy to others as we have shown mercy from the Lord. We do not have to do any of this on our own and cannot do any of this in our own strength. The Lord has sent a helper, the Holy Spirit, that teaches, assists, and empowers us to accomplish what God has called us to do for His purpose. He is always with us and is always near. Please, do not underestimate the mighty power of the Holy Spirit that lives in each and every one of us.
A beautiful prospect
Are you getting to know Him better and enjoying His company? Are you making time to spend with Him? Are you trusting Him with all areas of your life? Dear ones, He is the only One who can satisfy your longings; yes, even more than your husband or any other human being upon this earth. He knows you better than anyone else. So, let’s abide in Him, trust Him, love Him, and devote our lives to serving Him. He is worthy of our affections. Let your life be a living sacrifice and a sweet fragrance pleasing to the Lord. Let us look forward longingly for the day that is to come when our Bridegroom comes for His Bride to be with Him forever. Let us all begin preparing today for the wedding and the great feast that awaits us. What a beautiful prospect we have been promised. Let us remember that our life here on this earth is only temporary and to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, our Bridegroom. Through His power and His love, let us live our lives here on earth to honor and glorify Him; our King.
Revelations 19: 6-8 6 Then I heard something that sounded like a large crowd of people. It was as loud as crashing waves or claps of thunder. The people were saying, “Hallelujah! Our Lord God rules. He is the All-Powerful.7 Let us rejoice and be happy and give God glory! Give God glory, because the wedding of the Lamb has come. And the Lamb’s bride has made herself ready.8 Fine linen was given to the bride for her to wear. The linen was bright and clean.”(The fine linen means the good things that God’s holy people did.)
1 Peter 3:3-5 Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on jewelry, or beautiful clothes, or hair arrangement. 4 Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit that is so precious to God. 5 That kind of deep beauty was seen in the saintly women of old, who trusted God and fitted in with their husbands’ plans.
1 Timothy 2:9-10 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.
Romans 12:1 I urge you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service of worship.
Colossians 2:9-109 I say this because all of God lives in Christ fully, even in his life on earth. 10 And because you belong to Christ you are complete, having everything you need. Christ is ruler over every other power and authority.
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