Who are you married to? After reading that question you may think of your husband or wife. You may see their face in your mind or let your eyes wander over to them. Like me, you may have wonderful thoughts of who you’ve decided to spend your life with.
But what if I were to tell you that you were married to someone else? If you are part of the Lord’s church, then you are most definitely married to someone else, but not in a worldly sense. You see, the church is the bride of Christ Jesus. In Ephesians 5:22-33, we see biblical marriage described using, as its example, the marriage of Christ and the church. And what a beautiful description it is. The sacrificial love that Christ shows the church is beyond comprehension. All he asks for in return is our love and submission, our trust and respect.
That’s not always what we give him though. In fact, the modern church has, in many ways, broken ties with Christ. It’s as if we are married to the world. And in unifying ourselves with the world, we have unified ourselves with its attitudes and lifestyles. It’s widely commented that there is very little difference in the way the church lives compared to the way the world lives. It’s as if we are faithful to God on Sundays and are with our lover, the world, during the rest of the week.
Jesus wants us to remain holy and faithful to him. In Ephesians 5:25-27 we read, “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.” This means we must separate ourselves from the world and its enticing influences. Like the adulteress in Proverbs 5, the world seeks to lead us away from our one true love, Jesus. It seeks to lead us unto death.
But we must not waver. Jesus will return again to take his bride home. He has gone to prepare a place for us (John 14:2-3). Will you be ready when he returns?