For many people all over, preparations are being made for weddings. It occurs to me, that as a Bride of Christ, we may actually have some concepts all wrong. As a born again believer in Christ, how often have you heard someone say that they are looking for the coming or awakening of the spirit of this Old Testament prophet or that one? I keep wondering if God is laughing or crying because we keep trying to reproduce or have the expectation that God is reintroducing in this age something that God established or ordained for a previous age.
Everywhere I look in scripture, I see a God who is always doing something new or presenting a new aspect of Himself to people in order that they might He might produce something new that has not previously been seen before. Isn’t it funny that we sing songs that say that we are in a new season or that God is up to something new, yet we keep having an expectation of something old? At the same time we are singing these songs, we sing songs about taking us back to yesterday or the old places where God already brought us from.
We are suppose to be spiritually, a people much like those in the television series and upcoming film Star Trek, “boldly going where none have gone before.” If this is who we are to be, then we have to have an expectation that what God will do in us and through us will far exceed that of anything that has previously been seen. How else will Jesus’ words manifest as truth when he said, “greater works than these shall you do, because I go to my father.”
It is an interesting tradition that when a bride is getting married, follows the tradition of having something old and something new. As the Bride of Christ, I think we are called to carry the memory of the old things as an encouragement of knowing that God has always shown Himself faithful to His people in times past, and will do likewise even now and in the days ahead. If we are to go from glory to glory, we cannot carry a mindset of looking for what has been, but look forward to what shall be. It is one thing to see the patterns and precepts, but we must still be looking to God to lead us to a greater and more glorious revealing of Himself and us.
QUESTION: Are you expecting something old or something new?
- Look for Bride of the Christ (rajeshraphael.wordpress.com)
- “Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey” (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- Bride of Christ (shpcdialogue.wordpress.com)