There are big moments in our lives that we spend a great deal of time preparing for. Graduation, wedding days, the birth of a child, and many other things are spectacular experiences that we plan and prepare for. There is so much anticipation, and so much excitement. It tends to consume our thoughts and conversations.
While I was getting ready one morning, I was thinking about my wedding day. (Shocker!) I was just remembering how much fun it was to plan, and how much more fun it was to live out on the day of. Then, I went even further to think of how thankful I am to be married to such an amazing man, my very best friend. It was truly a moment of sweet bliss. Then, I started to think about how my time as a fiancé was so short lived, because they’re right, it really does go by so fast.
A thought stopped me dead in my tracks. I am still a fiancé right now. Not in the earthly sense, but in the spiritual sense. I am a part of the Bride of Christ.
If you do not know what I am talking about let me further explain. In the Bible, our relationship with Christ is explained as couple betrothed, or engaged, to one another. When you accept Christ into your life, you are entering into a relationship with Him. You are believing that not only did Christ die on the cross for your sins, but also that he went away to prepare a place for you, and he will return for you. He will bring you home to spend eternity together. Christ is away preparing a place for his people right now. We are in the engagement season of our relationship with the Lord.
When this realization hit my stubborn brain, it made me think about how much time and effort I put into preparing for my wedding this year. It was all I could think about and talk about for almost a year! I delighted in planning such a glorious day to celebrate me and my soon-to-be husband. Yet, that kind of vigilance and effort was NOT there when it came to my relationship with God.
I definitely poured a lot into my relationship with God, but honestly, not anywhere close to what I did for my wedding. This had me pumping the mental and emotional breaks at 9 am. I am the Bride of Christ. What the heck am I doing?
I spent the past two weeks dwelling on that thought, and letting it really excite me. I am the Bride of Christ. He is going to come back for me, and we will be together for eternity! He has done absolutely everything for me. He has loved me for me while I am nasty and sinful here on earth. He has blessed me beyond measure with my friends, family, husband, and circumstances. He has gone above and beyond for me in every single detail. He is the one I want to be known for!
This brought me to write this blog for my fellow believers out there. You are the Bride of Christ! Do not forget to be excited! Do not forget to prepare for the wedding day! Those who are ready will be united with the Bridegroom (Christ), and those who are not will not be welcomed into eternity.
This a challenge to you to prepare for your wedding day. Let it consume your thoughts and talk. Let it become a part of your personality. Tell everyone. Invite everyone. It is worth far more than any other event you have ever been a part of! When you think about this day ask yourself a few questions.
- Am I remaining faithful to my betrothed?
When you are engaged here on earth, you are remaining faithful to the person you have made a promise to marry. Their wants and needs are important to you. You make decisions in tandem. You do not shut them out, and wish for better. You are spending copious amounts of time with them, and really honing in on what life together should be like. You are working through hard things, and you are overcoming temptation to be a lesser version of yourself. If you are not in this mindset with Christ, then it is time to reroute. Remaining faithful to Christ looks almost identical to remaining faithful to your earthly fiancé. One difference is, if you have messed up in your faithfulness thus far, there is still unlimited amounts of grace and mercy for you- kind you do not find in any human being. Don’t waste your time to reroute. Today can be Day 1 if you choose to let it be!
2. Am I maintaining the love I wish to have?
This is another aspect of an earthly relationship that mimics our relationship with the Lord. When you are engaged it is best not to live as if you have “already won”. What I mean by that is you do not become apathetic because you “won”. It should challenge you to want to be better, and want to grow. This person is your fiancé. You should be maintaining and growing in your relationship. A lot of us Christians like to play the “we won” card, and then give up fighting. They drift into apathy, and do not work on maintaining and growing their relationship. YOU are responsible to love like you want to be loved. YOU are responsible for communicating your needs and desires. You can have as deep of a relationship with Christ as you want. That should ignite you to strive for a fiery, passion filled love. This is your ETERNITY we are talking about. You wouldn’t want to marry a man or woman on earth you do not have a deep, intimate connection with. Don’t let your eternity be like that as well!
Friends, it is time to be intentional. It is time to be so inspired by the love of God you make changes. If you haven’t thought about Christ in this way, well, congratulations! It’s time to start living with anticipation. That wedding day is coming quick!