Updated: Nov 30, 2020
I touched on the wedding preparations made in ancient times by the Jewish people in my blog a couple of weeks ago.
To recap, both the bride and the groom after entering into a covenant with each other, separate and go through a waiting period so that the groom can build a place for the bride in his father’s house.
The bride on the other hand prepares herself for the groom’s arrival at her house. No one knows exactly when this will happen except the father of the groom. When he approves the place or room the groom built, then the groom can go to the bride’s house to consummate the marriage and finally bring her home to the newly built room or place. Let's look further on how we can prepare for our Bridegroom in this age.
Before Jesus left the earth, His great commission was “to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.” He promised to send the Holy Spirit who will remind us of everything that He told His disciples. I think part of that “reminder” was the disciples being able to write the Gospels and all the letters which are now part of the books of the New Testament.
We are admonished to love one another, pray for one another, encourage each other, help one another, do the work assigned to us, move in the gifts of the Spirit, remain pure, work out our salvation with fear and trembling (not to take it for granted), keep trusting, remain hopeful, and be faithful to the end.
Kind of overwhelming, right? This is why Jesus said to be like a little child when it came to trusting Him. He commanded us not to worry because our Father in Heaven already knows what we need before we even ask for anything. There is no need to store up treasures here but instead we should store up treasures in heaven (righteous deeds). The “how” of it all is to follow what Jesus did while He was on earth.
The gospels (books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) capture Jesus' lifework from different perspectives showing different aspects of His character. There is, however, consistency – Jesus does everything in obedience to the Father’s will and out of love.
It is daunting to follow how the Lord lived here on earth which is why the Holy Spirit is living in us to remind us of His life and to assure us of His love and salvation.
At the ready
It seems like the burden is all on our shoulders but if we look at the testimony of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, the burden is actually the Lord God’s. From the beginning to the end of the Bible, it is Him who created, guided, saved, blessed, made a way, and told us to cast all our cares on Him.
We were not meant to live to struggle daily. His plan was and will always be to provide for our every need. In the meantime, the adversary – satan leads the rebellion against God on earth which is why it is full of sin, violence, and death.
While waiting for His return, we have our own work cut out for us. Each of us were made to do something specific. We are uniquely made so each of us has a role to play and a void to fill. Sometimes it comes naturally to us and we are able to fully embrace our role and lifework. Many times we need to sit still before the Father and hear what He wants to say (much like what Jesus did while on earth). Actually, whether we are sure with what we are supposed to do or not, we should always acknowledge the Father and let Him lead because He will level our paths.
Have you been doing what you are called to do? Perhaps there is something in your heart that you've been thinking about doing for some time. If you're unsure, ask the Father today to confirm it. Are you making preparations for Jesus' return? We don't know when that will be so it's best to be ready when he comes. Finally, be encouraged: