There’s usually excitement surrounding an engagement. They newly betrothed couple are on cloud nine dreaming about and looking forward to their future together. There are parties, dinners and get togethers with friends and family; lots of planning and before you know it, the big day has arrived. The bride to be especially wants that day to be perfect in every way. This inspires her to be extremely discriminating with every particular detail. The reception must be exquisite with the finest cuisine (or at least those of us on a tight budget may have dreamed of this), the flowers perfect, and everything in place.
Then there’s the dress. The bridal gown must be beyond perfect. Many future brides go to great lengths to ensure that they look ravishing on that day. There are some that try on hundreds of gowns until the perfect one is found. Even then, there are alterations that have to be made to ensure that the look and fit on the bride to be is perfect. Once the gown is made perfect, the future brides does everything in her power to ensure that the dress stays that way. It would be totally unacceptable for her to show up in a dress with stains, tears, or wrinkles in it.
Other than the gown, the future bride does many other things to ensure perfection on that day. There’s hair, make up, pedicures, manicures, and facials. There are some that may try to lose a certain amount of weight prior to the big day. There are even some who may go to the extremes of plastic surgery to look their very best. The bottom line is that she will do whatever it takes to be absolutely stunning for her beloved on their wedding day.
There’s another engagement and upcoming wedding that I would like to point out. That of Jesus Christ and His bride to be, the church (all who have repented and surrendered their lives to Him). I often hear or read about the unique ways that many grooms have proposed. Jesus presented His bride with the proposal of all proposals; His death and resurrection. He forever paid our debt for sin and all that He desires is that His beloved will say yes. Once we say yes, then all the excitement begins.
The different stages of planning a wedding can be likened to our walk with Him. Our acceptance of the proposal of marriage means that we are now engaged and have become part of the bride of Christ. Just like the bride to be in the natural, we should be making our preparations for our upcoming nuptials. How do we do this? By growing our relationship with Him, reading His word, prayer and being obedient in all that He asks us to do. Our gown alterations are allowing Jesus to change us to be more like Him and surrendering every area of our lives over to Him. The parties and get togethers during an engagement can be likened to the saints of God gathering together to fellowship and worship Him. Couples that are in love generally want to spend time with each other and want to get to know each other on the most intimate level. This should be our desire with Jesus. Are you in love with Him? Or do you just pay Him lip service?
Are you looking forward to your wedding day? Or are you caught up in the cares of life? I remember before I married my husband, counting down the days. As our wedding got closer the more excited I became. We should eagerly look forward to our big day. Each day that I wake up is a realization that we are one day closer to being with our beloved. With that in mind, are you keeping your wedding clothes perfects at all costs? Ephesians 5:27 says, “that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless” (KJV). Do you long for His coming or do you hope that He will delay it? Maybe you’re more interested in making sure that you get that promotion, get that bigger house, a nicer car or whatever it is that is more important to you. Have you lost your first love? Does the thought of His soon coming excite you or would you rather put it off for a while? If you profess to be a Christian and the thought of His soon coming does not excite you, maybe you should ask yourself where your affections truly lie. “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” Colossians 3:2 (KJV).
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