My Niece is getting married later this year (August 2016) for which she has been preparing for the wedding for two whole years. My brother, my niece’s dad, has lost a few hairs with the never-ending financial outlay. The level of stress and preparation for this single day that I have observed is staggering. As I watch this real life event play out it brings many of the scriptures to life. I am confident that when the wedding day finally arrives my Niece will be a very beautiful bride for her husband and God bless my brother, he can start to try and plug the huge hole in his bank account, although I’m not convinced that his hair will ever grow back!
In the Gospel of Matthew 24:40-41 it tells us about the second coming of Christ and that ‘Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left’. In Matthew 24:42 it then goes onto to tell us to be watchful and vigilant: ‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come’. The message is clear to me. The body of Christ is the fiance of Jesus Christ and we must be ready for when He returns. We must not play foolishly around with the idols of this world. In the Old Testament we read how God’s chosen people constantly put other idols/gods before Him. The books of the Old Testament have some very strong language especially the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. The Bible also teaches us throughout the New Testament that we are a new creation and that we have died to the flesh and that we must put away our sinful behavior Colossians 3:1-11, Galatians 5:19-24 and 1 Corinthians 6:18-20.
Just like any relationship our intimate relationship with Jesus takes time and commitment in order to grow and mature. It tells us in Song of Songs that ‘the young woman matured over a period of time from immaturity (selfishness)’. Song of Songs 2:16, ‘my lover is mine’, shows us where she is selfish and just taking, and then in Song of Songs 6:3, she says ‘I am my lover’s’. Now she is starting to give of herself instead of taking and then finally in Song of Songs 7:10 ‘I am my lover’s and he claims me as his own’; now she is confident that her lover loves her.
The Bible helps us to prepare for the return of Christ and for the wedding. In James 4:4 it advises us not to be part of this world. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we are told ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ There are many examples of characters in the bible whose life was set apart for God and for me an exemplary character is John the Baptist. He was set apart for one task and one task only and that was to be a voice for Christ. Everything about John centered on this purpose, his dress, his diet, his actions and his demands. It is the Holy Spirit alone who guides us in living faith and fellowship with Christ Jesus as the flesh is kept in the place of crucifixion.
What about those who have not yet claimed Jesus as their Lord and Savior, does our walk with Christ Jesus represent the person of who He is? Does our life have evidence of the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22.23). How many people have we shared the Good News with? Help us dear Father God to receive the unconditional Agape love that you have poured out for us and for us to share it with those around us. There is no mistake as to where we have been stationed in our daily walk. What an awesome honour and a privilege it is to be an ambassador for your Son Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Dear God our Father, individually and collectively we are your body. Our body is a temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell (1 Corinthians 6:19). I ask myself does the Holy Spirit feel comfortable in my body? Father God as your Church please help us to always represent the person of your Son Jesus Christ in everything that we do, let nothing be hidden, let us be a transparent holy spotless bride Amen.
Author: Christina O’Neill
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