How did the ancient bride manage while the Bridegroom was away?
While the groom went off to prepare their couple’s future home, what did the bride do?
She spent her time preparing her bridal necessities, sewing her wedding garments, and equipping herself for a new life.
During this period, the bride and her bridesmaids (attendants) had to sustain a constant state of preparedness, as the wedding date was unknown, even to the bridegroom. Only the father knew.
The only advance warning the bride received was the sound of her beloved’s voice shouting her name and the blast of a ram’s horn, a shofar, when he suddenly appeared.
How is today’s Bride managing while the Bridegroom is away?
How is she spending her preparation time while waiting for her Beloved Bridegroom to appear?
*Is she saving herself for Him alone? Is she a good reflection on His Name?
*Is she studying the Word? Being obedient?
*Just what exactly is she doing to make herself ready?
The Bible mentions many areas in which we need to be obedient to the Word, our ketubbah, but it would take too long to list them all, so here are four:
1) Are we managing our words?
In giving the account of our management one day, one of the areas we will be required to give an answer is our speech.
Jesus told the Pharisees, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” (Matt. 12:36 ESV) He said we will either be justified by our words or condemned. (Matt. 12:37)
Oh, how cautious we must be of our hearts for its contents spill out of our mouths, as Jesus said, “Whatever is in the heart overflows into speech.” (Luke 6:45b TLB)
2) Are we managing our money?
God’s divine instructions give us knowledge for all areas of our lives, including our finances. We are to be faithful stewards of our money.
Giving is part of it. Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35 NKJV) And when we do, the Word says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.” (Luke 6:38a NKJV)
Then there’s that T word: tithing! But that’s a whole ‘nother subject. Suffice it to say, some portion of your income needs to go to the church for its upkeep. The amount is between you and the Lord.
3) Managing our love.
One of the greatest co-missions given us is to love others.
The Pharisees once asked Jesus, “‘Sir, which is the most important command in the laws of Moses?’ (Matt. 22:36 TLB) Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” (Matt. 22:37 TLB) But the second greatest is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:39 NKJV)
Our gifts in action are our service of love to God by serving others, for we are to “serve one another in love.” (Gal. 5:13b NIV)
4) Managing our works: carrying out the Lord’s mission
God has commissioned us, entrusting us with authority and supervisory power. Just as He did the disciples. This, of course, is the Great Commission. To make disciples.
Jesus was sent to preach the Kingdom of God. “That is My mission” (Luke 4:43 Phillips), He said. If Jesus’ mission involved all that pertained to His Father’s kingdom, then we need to carry out those same concerns.
Each of us is a servant, a steward, a Household manager. We are to oversee the interests of God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus, in essence, says to us, “You mind My business and I will mind yours.”
At the end of the day, how do we fare?
At day’s closing, ask yourself:
*Did I watch what I said? Was I negative or positive?
*Did I manage my money well? Did I give to meet another’s need?
*Did I make a difference in someone’s life today?
*Did I manage to share the Gospel? Did I carry out the work the Lord gave me?
Your answer is the sum total of your success and prosperity for that day.
If we do all according to God’s purpose, that will indicate whether we are wise and faithful stewards. . .or not.
May you be prepared to hear the blast of the shofar and your Beloved’s voice shouting your name. . .Lynn
If you’d like to follow the series:
Come…I will show you the Bride
The Bride of Choice
The Price of the Bride
Two bound together as one
that which is written
Being Called by That Name
What is the Bridegroom’s Gift?
And the Bridegroom Departed
The Bride Needed Cleansing
The Bride’s Veil of Holiness