I recently had the opportunity to share this talk with my women’s study hour class at church. When I read over my notes now, I am so disappointed that I didn’t record our conversations. God showed up and took my meager offerings and multiplied them hundred-fold as the other women in the room shared their thoughts and questions. It was a beautiful time. I pray that God would once again take these meager offerings and multiply them in your own mind as you meditate on these truths.
In this series which I’ve titled “My Life as the Bride of Christ,” we’re going to look together at a few things that I believe make the marriage relationship unique and how our relationship with Christ is particularly special because we are His bride.#1. The marriage relationship is exclusive:
We can have a dozen coworkers, a dozen children and a dozen friends. But we can only have ONE husband and He can only have ONE bride. God will not share us with other gods and our husband will not share us with other men.
It is not enough for us to make God the biggest God in our life, or the best idol that we have. He can’t be our “favorite” husband, the one who gets to share our house and our bed. He wants to be our ONLY husband, our ONE thing. He wants ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength, our everything.
As Hosea 1:2 reads, “When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.”
What had the Israelites done that made them whores, adulterers? They had forsaken the Lord. They had turned their back on Him and chased after false gods, idols. They had given their allegiance to things OTHER than the one true God. They were not loving Him with ALL their heart, soul, mind and strength. God despises adultery of all forms, especially adultery toward Him. God wants our whole heart. He will not share His glory with another.
Well, for one, we can demonstrate our love for Christ, by being a good steward of all that He has entrusted to us: our time, talent, treasure and testimony,
- by rising early in the morning to spend time with Him when we’d rather sleep in,
- by using our gifts and talents to serve Him and His kingdom, rather than our own pursuits,
- by using the possessions and money that He has given to us for His glory rather than selfish passions,
- by speaking of His unfailing love to both strangers and friends, rather than turning a blind eye to their needs, or being ashamed of our “first love.”
We can demonstrate our love for Christ by giving Him our first and our best, rather than the scraps and leftovers.
Stay tuned for “Part Two: The marriage relationship is ‘til death do we part.”