The anticipation of forever being joined together with the one your heart desire is purely sweet, and the bonds of love that joins two souls together till death do us part is utterly divine. Entering into marriage is not a commitment to be taken lightly, because what we are pledging is to be devoted to our betrothed for the rest of our life. The bride and groom promise to take each other in marriage to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance; and thereto give their troth. In making sure I was on the right track with my thinking, I looked up a few words pertaining to wedding vows. First of all, I looked at the origin of the word wedding, and found that it’s Old English, and simply means, “to pledge oneself”. Then I looked at the phrase, I give thee my troth, and found that it simply is a pledge of loyalty and faithfulness. It’s no wonder the Lord uses marriage as an example of our relationship with Him. This is exactly what our relationship with God should look like; He has certainly shown His unconditional love and unyielding faithfulness toward His creation as He sent His only begotten Son, who knew no sin, to die for our sins so we may be reconciled Him. And the life of Jesus was the perfect example for us to follow in all things. Making the comparison, as a wife, I should always consider my husband’s thoughts, feelings, and opinions as I make decisions throughout my life; he should never be an after thought, he should be at the forefront of my mind. I know him, I know what will make him proud, what will strengthen our bond, and what will show him how important he is to me, and I also know what will disappoint him, hurt his feelings, embarrass him, or even make him angry. I am painfully human, and it took me a long time to understand that when I make decisions with him in mind, I am actually feathering my own nest, instead of destroying my own nest. One summer I was on vacation; I was relaxed and peaceful, and I began thinking about my husband and how much I loved him and appreciated him for all that he is and all that he does, and God interrupted my thoughts and said, “That is how I want you to feel about Me.” I understood Him immediately; I had always called on Him in my time of need, but never had I just sat in total peace thinking about how wonderful He is and appreciating all He has done for me. This simple moment changed my thought process forever. God was calling me to put Him first, to consider Him in all of my decision making, to appreciate Him, and to be cognizant of the things He does for me on a daily basis. Believe me, I’m well aware that this revelation was not for His benefit, but for mine. Just like considering my husband when making decisions makes me closer to him, considering my Heavenly Father, and keeping Him as the preeminent one in my life, makes my relationship with Him stronger. It sounds like a simple thing, but wrestling against our selfish flesh isn’t easy because it’s not like we can just walk away from our own flesh. If I love Him, if I am His bride, then I will follow the example Jesus set and spend time with the Lord, pray, and read and meditate on the scriptures. In John 14:2-3 Jesus said. ” In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were no so , I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
Jesus is preparing a place for His bride, and while we are waiting, we should be busying ourselves like any bride to be with the work of inviting everyone we can to join us. “The harvest is plenteous, but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:37. Spread the word, tell everyone that Jesus is coming for His bride, and there is room at the table for everyone. Anticipating the return of Jesus is cause for celebration, especially in the continually decaying moral state of man, and the declining health of our planet. Even non believers have a sense that things cannot go on like this forever. Not everyone will accept the invitation, and we are not accountable for those who outright reject the invitation, but we are accountable for those we neglect to invite for one reason or another.
Pray this prayer with me. Father, Your love amazes me, and I’m so thankful that you never give up on me. My heart celebrates the knowledge that Jesus is preparing a place for His bride, and He will come back for us one day. Nobody knows the day or hour, and I pray that you will help me to be cognizant of the time. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear, and when I’m in the presence of someone to whom I’m supposed to extend and invitation of salvation. Father help me to keep you at the forefront of my mind, and make all of my decisions with you and your word as my guide, and give me strength, wisdom, energy, and enthusiasm for the work at hand. I love You Lord, and I pray in Jesus holy name.
Don’t be afraid to pray the prayer of salvation with others. There is no magic set of words; God knows our hearts, and He said, “whosoever believes”. The important parts of this prayer are believing Jesus is the Son of God, and accepting Him as your Lord and Savior.