“Dressed and Ready Bride-Or Runway Bride? Which one are you?”
I’ve been listening to a lot of Christian songs lately, and they mention this line: “Like a bride waiting for her groom; we’ll be a church ready for you.”.
Now I’ve been thinking very hard about this lately, mainly because I am a new bride-I get married this Saturday(10.17.15), and my emotions are wacky. I’m excited, nervous,stressed,sad,amazed, and more- but people know I am the bride. They know I am because of the smile I’m wearing, the ring that my groom placed on my hand, and from the way that I can not stop talking about every detail that I planned out for us on this special day.
So if we as a church are the “Bride” shouldn’t we be doing the same in our Christian walk? People will know I’m the bride on Saturday, because of my white dress-and they will watch me literally walk in front of them down the isle to meet my handsome groom. CHURCH; wake up please. We are in white waiting for the doors to open to be able to walk down with our father to our groom. We are waiting for the day, just like I am right now, to say, “it’s my wedding day.”. God literally explains the coming of Christ as a wedding because weddings are a joyous time of celebration and happiness. It’s when two people finally become as one.
And that’s what we will do. We finally will be one with God. Read that again: “We will be ONE with God.”. Let that sink in….. It’s hard too isn’t it? Just like a bride finds it hard to believe that she is finally getting married to her groom; whom she’s waited so patiently for.
If we truly are the bride, why Church do we act as if we hate it? Why do we act like we are just wanting the wedding to be over with? Why do we act as if we are mad and sleepy ? Are you not thrilled? Don’t you know your waiting for your doors to open to see your groom?
Many of you may say, “Well Marli, I just don’t know how to be happy for this. How do I show it?”. Through worship, through prayer, through reading your bible, through changing your radio station from whatever it is now to Christian music, through getting so worked up for Christ that your literally like a firecracker about to explode to show how bright you can be in a dark sky, through submerging yourself in Christ so much that you can’t get enough. So caught up in Christ that you look so different from the word that people think your crazy, your family want to pray with you, that your neighbors have to ask why your happy, because you ARE the BRIDE of CHRIST!
Don’t hide it people. Don’t be that runaway bride. The bible warns us about that, (that’s a different devotion), but wake up. I don’t care if your Baptist, Assembly, Pentecostal, Church of Christ, and so forth- praise God . He is the one who makes our plans, who knows our deepest secrets and still loves you, who wakes you up each and every morning with the sunrise and breath in your lungs, He is your God.
And if you don’t believe me, ask him for yourself. Because MY God is POWERFUL, MY God is ALMIGHTY, MY God is KEEPER OF THE STARS, and MY God ALREADY WON THE WAR. I’m on his team, I’m called HIS daughter, and I am the BRIDE of Christ. And this world can NEVER take that away from me. This world CAN’T stop me or slow me down. I may be nothing to a lot of people , but to God-I’m worth it. If I was the LAST girl on Earth; he still would have died for me. And you know what-I refuse to hold back praises to the King. He is to be High and Lifted up. Because He is worthy, he is holy, he is the only one who can save me and I am his; and he is mine. And I will fix my eyes upon him and breath, because my God knows my plans for me; even those hundreds of years down the road.And I will be the bride of Christ who is happy to be a Bride.
I Challenge you to pray, asking God how you are to praise him. How can you be the happy Bride that the world can see in everyday life. What changes will he have you make? Church’s I pray that we wake up soon, because the door will open and the groom will be waiting for us to walk down the isle. Will you be dressed and ready for your wedding? Or will you be a runway bride?