SONG: Here we are, nearly two weeks into the Lenten season already. Lent is a time to reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice. But, praise God, He is returning someday too! Even So Come by Chris Tomlin reminds us that Jesus Christ will return soon, this time as the Bridegroom. We, the Church are His bride. Our job is to be ready, preparing ourselves for His return by evangelizing and sharing the Gospel message of love with everyone. Just as with an earthly wedding, the bride readies herself. She wants to be as beautiful and prepared as possible for the moment when she will be wedded to her love. As the church, we should be engaged in intense preparation also. We must pursue prayer, evangelism, and service to others. This means there is no time for petty pursuits and division. In unity, we need to prepare for the return of our Lord so that His plan can move towards completion. A church that is ill-prepared and distracted cannot bring glory to God.
When I listen to this song, I am heavily convicted of my own need to seek God more intently and love people more deeply. How often I get tripped up by insignificant things. As a result, I fail to focus on my most important purpose on earth: loving people and letting them know they are loved by God. It is a daily effort to align my priorities to be in sync with the Kingdom of God.
A church that is ill-prepared and distracted cannot bring glory to God.
SCRIPTURE: In John’s vision, detailed in the book of Revelation, glimpses of what is to come are made known to him. One of them is from chapter 19, verses 6-8. Jesus is coming back for His church, and John shares what it will be like:
Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”
The adoration of all of heaven is something we can’t really grasp, but I am looking forward to seeing it firsthand and joining in. The worship time in church is nothing compared to the glorious outpouring we will be able to experience in His very presence. Until then, I worship here on earth, meaning it when I sing out “Even so, come. Lord Jesus, come.”
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I pray you would help me focus in on You, not allowing the petty distractions of life to divert my attention away from Your plan. Please show me how to love people like You do. Give me boldness to share the message of Christ crucified so that my friends and loved ones would come to know You. I believe You have placed me exactly where You need to me be to do Your work. Please make me sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and help me be ready to give an answer to all who ask where my hope is found. It is in You alone. In Jesus Name, AMEN.
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Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.