Saturday, January 11, 2014

Stitchin' My Wedding Gown

A perfect gown. What every bride wants. My daughters--no exception.

Our middle daughter, Michelle, was the first to marry. How exciting when we visited David's Bridal to peruse the ranks and make the spine-tingling choice. 

So many tried on. So many refused. And then what appeared to be THE one. 

Michelle stood in the middle of the floor room, tears in her eyes. "But Mom, will Jonathan think I'm beautiful?" 

Sure, she loved the gown. I loved the gown. But would her bridegroom love the gown? That was the overriding question.

I'm thinking, How could he not? Look who's wearing it!

I believe that must be how the Lord Jesus views His Bride, the Church. When He looks at us, He sees His perfect righteousness. There's nothing in all the world we can do that will cause Him to love us more. We belong to Him, and He to us. 

However, Revelation 19:7-8 tells us that the righteous acts we do on earth are weaving together a beautiful fine linen garment, bright and clean. Not in order to save us, but to award us in the day we meet our Bridegroom.

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready, fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints).

So, as we come together as His Body, His Bride, let's remember that no good deed goes unnoticed. Every righteous act we perform for another adds another glorious stitch to our corporate gown! 
He's watching in love, and one day, we'll hear those words, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord!"

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