We Are the Bride of Christ
Believers are to prepare themselves as carefully as a bride preparing for her future wedding. We can prepare our hearts by spending time with our Bibles. We can get in our prayer “closets” and worship.
These simple actions prepare us for spiritual perfection. A perfected faith on earth prepares for a perfect life in heaven.
“Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself,” (Revelations 19:7).
As we live out our days (work, family, and social life) we can compartmentalize Jesus. We relegate God without sometimes realizing it. Here on earth we decorate and remodel our earthly dwellings. We invent gadgets which make life easier. We innovate and streamline life. As image-bearers, creativity resides within us. But the Grand Creator of Time Itself is preparing something better!
Friends, a future day is coming! This will be a day when God establishes a new heaven and a new earth. “Look, God’s dwelling is with humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them and will be their God," (Revelations 21:3, CSB).
May we continually bless the name above all names! The Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end. The first and the last! The one who was, who is, and is to come! Amen.
A Prayer to God, our Alpha and Omega
Your word tells me that if I seek after wisdom you will provide it. So I am seeking you, the source and fountain of wisdom. You've written everything you want me to know if the pages of your book, The Bible. I pray that as I read your word, it would shape my wants and desires and longings. I pray that it would impress on me what matters most to you. I pray that as I consider the decision before me, that I would remember what your word teaches about your sovereignty and control over all things.
You know this problem before me. You know how it turns out. That's because you are the Alpha and the Omega. You know the end from the beginning. Nothing happens apart from your will and plan. Not only are you sovereign, but you are good. All your plans are holy, righteous, and good. I can trust that you know what is best for me. When I move forward with this decision, I know that it is your will and that you will use it for my good and your glory.
Forgive me for getting caught up in wanting to know the future and how everything turns out. Forgive me for treating you like a "magic 8 ball." Forgive me for fearing the future and for waiting around in the hopes that the answer will be written on the wall. Help me to rest and trust in who you are. Help me to look to Jesus, knowing that if you gave of your own Son to save me from sin, how will you not also be with me in all the challenges and decisions of my life? There is nothing and no one that can separate me from you; I have nothing to fear.
You are my Rock, my Savior, and my Deliverer. Be with me as I move forward in this time of confusion and difficulty. Above all, may your will be done on earth, and in my life, as it is in heaven. In Jesus name, I pray, amen. (by Christina Fox, A Prayer for When You Don't Know What to Do)
Jessica Galán encourages her readers to embrace malleability in the midst of life’s difficult moments. She spends her day teaching amazing students from diverse backgrounds in Fairfield County, Connecticut. She’s wife to a super-creative man and the proud mother of three resilient young women. She’s served as a writing facilitator for Lysa TerKeurst through COMPEL Training. She enjoys daily cups of steaming hot café con leche and breaks out in sporadic salsa dancing when no one’s looking. You’ll find her stories at jessicagalan.net. Connect with her here: Twitter || Instagram ||Facebook
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