Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Church

Today in our Sunday School lesson the topice was the The Church. No, not the building were we sit and listen to the preacher. The Church is the body of Christ, the Bride of Christ, the true Christians. This evening I was thinking on our way back to church and I had this thought . . .

In the Bible it refers to the church of God as spotless, without wrinkle and when I thought of this, I also thought how a bride on her wedding day is usually spotless without any wrinkle in her gown. Now picture this, the bride has planned everything, and has done all the decorations herself. The flowers are beautiful, the church is a sight to behold. There is an arch at the altar with lace and flowers to enhance its beauty. This bride has thought of everything, she has worked very hard, her labors are note worthy. The wedding decorations could be illustrated in a magazine. Sometime later, the guests are here the attendants are coming down the aisle in dresses the bride designed and made all herself. It is spectacular. The first strains of the Wedding March begin the guest standup to watch what would most likely be the most beautiful bride, as the doors swung open the there is heard a loud collective gasp as the bride, not looking beautiful at all. Her gown looks like it was thrown together and what is that, a coffee stain down the front. Her hair is, well, did she even brush it, and what are those flowers, dandelions. The groom looks astonished as it dawns on him she is not ready to be his wife. She was focused on all the wrong things. Her efforts went into the decorations but she left out the one thing that mattered she was not perpared to be a bride. With loud cries, and begging the groom to wait and reconsider as he walked out the door. But look at the all the work I did. I made everything myself, i'm sorry, I just didn't have time to prepare myself. But it was too late, he was gone.

There are so many out there who will experience this when it comes their time to stand before God. Yes they are busy, they are working to build numbers in their church and have a goal set as to how many people they want to lead to Christ, but what about the debth of a whole hearted realtionship with God. We should always be prepared to meet the Bride Groom, he is preparing to meet us and we have to have our wedding clothes always without spot or wrinkle.