PI Girls, normally when we talk about the bride of Christ, we’re talking about the church, but today I’m going to make this concept much more personal.
When you marry, tradition dictates that the woman take the name of her husband’s family in place of her family name. Think to yourself for just a moment about what we call ourselves. When someone asks what you believe, you tell them you’re a Christian, right?
Did you realize that when you tell people you’re a Christian, you’re actually telling them the name of your husband? I love this song by Misty Edwards because I feel like it illustrates this perfectly:
Did you notice the line where the song says “I am in love with you, I wanna take your name?”
Let’s take a quick look at the original wedding vows from the Book of Common Prayer.
Groom: I,____, take thee,_____, to be my wedded Wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance.
Bride: I,_____, take thee,_____, to be my wedded Husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance.
When you identify yourself as a Christian, you’re saying, “I am married to Jesus Christ. I have given my life and my love to Him. I’ve given up my identification with the family in which I was raised to live with, love always, follow anywhere and obey my husband, Jesus Christ, no matter what circumstances should arise.”
That’s what a Christian is–someone who’s taken Christ’s name as their own.
Jesus already left His Father to come find you, to wed you to Himself, and now it’s time to follow Him to the home of His Father.
It saddens me that marriage is taken so lightly now, but know that if you identify yourself as the wedded of Christ, it’s not a “play” marriage. It’s a marriage that expects complete devotion. Christ doesn’t turn a blind eye to adultery, and He will not grant a divorce. You may choose to run away as Gomer ran from Hosea, but Jesus will come after you, no matter how far, fast or for how long.
Jesus Christ is desperately in love with you. That is why He gives you the opportunity to take His name. It’s why He weds you to Himself.
Are you desperately in love with Jesus?
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (Song of Songs 6:3).
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