I’m hearing wedding bells, but it’s not what you may think. In fact, these wedding bells sound more like trumpets.
I had a dream in which I stood in my bridal gown at the altar facing The Groom. But, at the beginning of the ceremony, as The Groom spoke, He took my ring in one hand, and my hand in the other. At first, I thought He just wanted to speed things up. But then He placed the ring, not on my ring finger, but on my middle finger*. I thought He had just placed it there until He finished His vows, after which He would move it to my ring finger. Then I started to worry. I thought maybe I had done something to change His mind about marrying me, and was going to reveal my sin to the entire congregation.
As I searched my mind for anything I had done wrong, I saw myself in a back room before the wedding had started. In the room with me, was another man, sitting across from me and earnestly trying to convince me that I was unsure about this marriage. That I was making a mistake. I wracked my brain trying to remember if I had spoken against my Groom or agreed with the other man at any time, and was confident I had not.
Then the other man said, “Uh-oh. He’s been here the whole time.” And I saw The Groom standing in the room with us.
After some time in prayer, The Spirit revealed that this bride was in fact the Church. He impressed upon me that the Wedding Feast is coming soon, and Christ’s bride must be fully committed. That now is the time to choose to whom you give your heart—the world, or Jesus Christ.
“Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4
The Bridegroom is asking for complete devotion—mind, body, and soul. It is certainly not a new message. It is the greatest commandment, stated and restated throughout the entire Bible.
“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” Matthew 22:37
Which begs the question: Am I? Am I loving The Lord with every ounce of my being? Because, if I’m not, I certainly want to know, so I can rectify the situation before it’s too late. Thankfully, I don’t have to guess.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
Now is no time for pride or arrogance. If we want that ring on our finger, now is the time to humble ourselves in the sight of The Lord. Now is the time to commit our hearts fully to our Bridegroom.
“ Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14, 15
God’s grace and peace be yours,
* According to http://www.biblenews1.com/, “The middle finger represents the all in all. As Christ is the all in all of the Church, the middle finger is the all in all of the soul. It symbolizes Spiritual Rapport, which is the fullness of blessing from God.” And, “The middle finger, which is located in the middle of the hand symbolically combines the inputs from the various parts into a single, integrated whole.”