Dear Friends in Christ,
I received an e-mail from a friend a while ago that I thought would be a good one to share, on that it reminds us who we are and what we are to be doing.
An Eye Witness Account from New York City, on a cold day in December... Hopefully, this is the kind of thing that happens frequently, everywhere.....
A little boy about 10 years old was standing before a shoe store on Broadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and said, "My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?" "I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the boys reply. The lady took him by the hand and went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel he quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet and dried them with a towel. By this time the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes, and tying up the remaining pairs of socks, gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, my little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?" As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, answered the question with these words ... "Are you God's Wife?”
In a sense, she was God’s wife, if she was a Christian. In the Gospels through several of Jesus’ parables and in Ephesians 5, the Scriptures make the comparison between Jesus as the bridegroom and the church as the bride. We are joined to Christ, selected as His bride of choice, not of obligation. In the words of Paul, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” Jesus died to make us His own, removing the stains, wrinkles and blemishes of our sins, joining us to Himself. We become one with Him.
As we become one with Him, the words we speak, and the actions we take out of love for Him become His words and actions. His words and actions are to bring the message of salvation, to share His love, to care for the needs of His people, especially those in great need. He wants us to take part in His works of love. This happens for us by being the answer to someone’s prayers.
Take the time to help. Take the time to care. Take the time to love. Take the time to share. Take the time to give of yourself, of all that He has given to you, of your time, of your skills and abilities, and of your treasures. This is what the bride of Christ is to be all about. This is how we show gratitude to the One would made us holy and blameless.
So, are you God’s wife?
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Paul K. Pett