Don't forget her.
Don't forget her because He hasn't.
Who is she?
Who is He?
She is the Bride of Christ.
He is Jesus.
Jesus is right now preparing a place for her, for us (check out John 14:3).
And we are supposed to be getting the Bride ready for her big day.
I was given a copy of the study Attending the Bride of Christ by Martha Lawley by a dear friend of mine.
It is exactly what I needed to read.
This morning at breakfast I told my two youngest to quit nitpicking at each other. If you have children you know what I'm talking about. Why can't they just let each other be?
But we Believers can get the same way. Why can't we just let each other be? Let God deal with what needs dealing with. He doesn't need our help!
OK, sorry. Back to the Bride. Lawley shares W.I.F.E. which stands for Worship, Instruction, Fellowship and Evangelism. These are four necessary elements we and our churches need to get strong in.
We're making the Bride ready for her Bridegroom. We are part of the Bride but we also attend the Bride. Lawley writes, "We fulfill our attendants to Christ's bride through (our) service. You attend, I attend, and together we adorn the bride of Christ. Adornment describes our collective work as we join together as a community of servants."
This is so good. Jesus loves His Bride. We need to love her like He loves her. We Americans can get so independently minded. We are here for Jesus and to get His Bride ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Are we doing that?
Am I doing that?
If we spend our time picking at each other we are not doing God's work. Jesus has a world to save and He has invited us to share in this work. Our little differences don't matter much.
It's easy to get caught up in our own problems and in our own worlds. When we do we lose perspective on what matters. I've done this recently but thankfully God brings us back to what we need to be focused on when we ask Him to.