Growing In Faith
So what does it really mean to be the bride of Christ? This beautiful analogy gives us a small glimpse of the love God has for us. It also speaks volumes about what happens to us when we are born again. His bride is spotless, without wrinkle or stain. When we are born again, all of our sin and stain is washed spotless.
So, how do we prepare to be ready for the wedding feast?
First thing is, is that we have to say "yes" to the proposal.
There’s only one requirement to becoming someone’s bride – saying “yes” to the proposal. Have you said “yes” to Jesus? Will you be His bride? Will you surrender everything to Him and live your life for Him alone?
Keep in mind, wearing a white dress and fixing your hair does not make you a bride. Saying “yes” to your groom is what makes you a bride. Many of us try to doll ourselves up to look like a bride with good deeds and accomplishments. But showing up to a wedding with a wedding dress on doesn’t make you the bride. You must have a relationship with the groom.
Second, we have to allow the Holy Spirit to transform us into a worthy bride.
How amazing it will be when we are presented to King Jesus as a pure and spotless bride! Not even a wrinkle in our gown! No imperfections of any kind!
This is what happens when we are born again. The Holy Spirit transforms us from the inside out. 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" It’s this transformation that allows us to be worthy of marriage to the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Next, we have to put on the dress.
Every woman knows that the proposal is just the beginning. Being a bride and preparing for the wedding are two completely different things! We become a bride when we say “yes,” but no bride shows up on her wedding day wearing rags. We put on the dress, and we doll ourselves up. We make sure every hair is in place and our dress fit perfectly.
As the bride of Christ, we need to prepare ourselves and be ready for the wedding feast. Revelation 19:7-8 tells us that the bride is given “the finest of pure white linen to wear.” And this linen represents “the good deeds of God’s holy people.”
If our fine linens are good deeds, then it is through holy, obedient lives that we prepare ourselves for our groom.
Our good deeds, our obedience, our pure lives are simply ways that we prepare for eternity with our groom. We strive to be holy as He is holy. And we do it all for Him – our groom.
And finally, we spend time with the groom. This may seem obvious, most of us want to marry someone we have actually spent time with! The more time with spend with Jesus before meeting Him face to face, the more rewarding it will be when we finally do. The more we spend time with Him, the more we get to know Him, to love Him, to grow an intimate relationship with Him.
As the bride of Christ, we will one day be with Him; and because of the cross, we will be a worthy bride.
Never forget all that Jesus went through to make us His bride. It’s a love story unlike any other. Our Messiah made it His mission to rescue us from darkness so that He could transform us into His beautiful bride – the picture of perfection. Make sure you prepare and are ready for that wonderful day!