One of the most joyous occasions that most of us encounter is the Wedding. It is where a male and a female proclaiming their devotions to each other before God, families and friends. In order to have a successful event the couple need to lay out their desires with agreement and organize it very well. Planning a wedding is not an easy task because it requires dedication to have a perfect event. While preparing the venues, food, the entourage, etc. the “bride-to-be” has also things to deal with. What and Who? Well, the answer is “Preparing the SELF.” So, the future wife would make appointments to a Spa, getting tone through an intense workout, shopping the right wedding dress and so much more. In spite, the hassle and drama in setting a wedding the ultimate goal of any bride-to-be is being the apple of the eyes of their future husband. Even little girls have had dream of one day the big event will come true with their prince charming. While those daydream continue to linger in their imaginations they gladly adopt it during play time. Even in their small community of make-believe children create the happiest, joyful perfect celebration. In the same way as children of God we long to be perfect in His Holy Sight. But the biggest question is HOW? These are some suggestions that I strongly believe that it will help everyone on “How to be The Perfect Bride.”
1.) A Crucified Life.
Many would say I am a Christian or I am a believer of Christ. However, being a Christian is beyond words, because it is all about having an amazing and hard-core relationship with Jesus Christ. To have a great and strong union with God is a genuinely surrendered life to Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature: all things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (KJV). In other words, being anchored in Jesus Christ is resulting a “NEW LIFE” by having a tasteless from the ungodly things and bad habits. The verse also strongly indicates that whatever our painful and disgusting pass history are forgotten. If is it forgotten then it means it is forgiven. Some people accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior with reservations. As a result, the Spiritual life becomes stagnant or the progression is slow like a walking turtle. Receiving God’s grace without being crucified with Christ is a dead end relationship. What is crucified in Christ? In Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself to me (NIV).” The Holy Scripture is NOT suggesting to literally crucify ourselves on a physical cross. That will be a horrible thing to do. The verse gives us a clear view on how to be crucified with Christ, and that is giving up our BIG ME, MYSELF and I. Surely, as human beings crucified life is not an easy task. However, when we truly depend in Jesus Christ, His strength is perfect in all our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9). Who’s strength? God’s perfect strength and unfailing grace that would keep us from falling into sin. One of the question that needed to be raised is How deep is our love to Jesus Christ? Isn’t when we are in-love we give our all whatever it takes restlessly and with joy just to stay on course in our relationship? Anyone felt like this? A love that is endearing and enduring that nothing will stop these dedication. In the same manner with our love in the Lord. Having a relationship and the depth of our love to God is a Choice. But our unwavering love will drive us to do all the necessary things such as “keeping God’s Mighty Words” through the help of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15). Our relationship with Christ should be pure and unshakable commitment. How? By making a decision to crucify our Old sinful ways and by taking down the Big “Me, Myself and I.”
2.) Be Mindful.
Be mindful simply means be cautious, be aware or “keep watch ” in all the things we do, think and say (Matthew 25:13). Is this biblical? Oh, yes. If we check the Holy Bible on Chapter 25:1-13 of Matthew. We will be witnessing the “Parable of the Ten Virgins,” where the 5 are called fools because their empty lamps. The fool virgins are pertaining to people who believed and received Christ in their lives, but not wearing the “Whole Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11). In short, the fool virgins represents the Christians who are not watchful of their deeds, thoughts, and actions. Mostly, these are individual who are still complying to the demands of this world, their love to the Lord gone cold or a lukewarm child of God. On one hand, the rest of the virgins are called the wise ones because they are prepared all the time. Meaning, these are the Soldiers of God who does not retreat and never surrender their faith in the Lord. The wise virgins symbolizes a Warrior who is ALWAYS ready to any battle, who also carefully Listen to the Word of God and Follow it. Scrutinizing the parable is having the conclusion that it is not enough for someone to be saved and go back to their old ways. It is only the Lord who knows our deepest thoughts, mind and heart. Therefore, we cannot fool God about our relationship with Him. It is our choice if we want to be like the 5 foolish virgins who are unrecognizable by the bridegroom because they are unfaithful to the Holy calling. Do you know why the wise virgins are the recognizable ones? It is their “obedient heart. In John 10:27 states, “My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me (NIV).” Meaning, our Lord Jesus is the Shepherd of our soul and we are His sheep. If we truly have Christ in our hearts we simply obey especially to the convictions of the Holy Spirit. Being watchful is the most important factor to win a battle, and also to be recognize and have rewards from the Almighty God.
Why do we need to be Crucified with Christ first? Well, being dead of our Big Me, Myself and I will Create an OBEDIENT Heart to our Holy God, and it will be our Ticket to be Wiser. Based on Being Wise, Christians become Mindful. When the Church become Mindful we are ALWAYS ready for any types of Battle in life. Being Cautious Christians, we give Importance of WEARING THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD. For we now know that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).” To be straightforward, only few will be Raptured when Christ return. Here are 2 Questions that we should answer to ourselves. What if we encounter death? How sure we are that we are ready to see our Savior and be with Him Eternally? What if Christ return, are we going to hear the sound of the trumpets and be Taken by Jesus? God is always present when we make ourselves available. The Lord is forgiving when we ask for forgiveness. So, when do you think the best time to approach Jesus Christ? Never be like the foolish ones and wait for another day. Now is the perfect time to make a Choice to be the Perfect Bride of Christ.
An individual who choose to surrender their life to Jesus Christ is the wisest decision. However, being crucified with Christ is the act of pure surrender. To be a perfect bride is like the 5 wise virgins who prepared themselves without compromising for the bridegroom. Their main secret is a constant passion in loving their groom-to-be. Crucified with Jesus Christ does not mean to be careless of oneself. In fact, based on the Parable of Jesus Christ, the virgins took care of themselves like a habit for their eyes are fixed only to the bridegroom. These wise women haven’t seen their groom YET they believe that the faithful day would come to meet and be with him. Some of us get lost or confuse in our walk with the Lord. Frankly, most people believe that the presence of God still present among them, because they are busy doing works for the Lord, or by having a routine must-do in Christian living. In the end, these people are lonely and sad. How come? The main reason is the people forgotten their first love. As if, Christians become occupied with works instead of soak in the presence of God and doing HIS Will. For some being in a physical church become meaningless. Reading the Holy scripture seems to be pointless and eventually, unbelief will rise within. Sometimes we do not want to let the Lord be in full control of our lives. At all times, we are the ones that decides which one should be surrendered to God. We may come up for many reasons, but the genuine Christians who remain Faithful Virgins will surely see the Kingdom of God. In short, Jesus Christ will only acknowledge His Children if they are “The Perfect Bride.” Who are these? Those who are “a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (Ephesians 5:27, NIV).”
What else you could suggest to be The Perfect Bride of Christ?
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