Here Comes the Bride
“I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.” 2 Cor. 11:2
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfuly works in me.”Col. 1:28-29
Like Paul, our mission is to make disciples. To share the gospel (leaving the results up to God) and get the opportunity to present people to Christ. Isaac and Rebekah’s story is a clearly painted picture of this for us. The master (Abraham) sends the valuable servant to get a bride for his son. Our Master sends us, the valuable servants to share the gospel and get a bride for Jesus.
How much do we relate with Abraham’s servant?
· Genesis 24:5, “What if the woman is unwilling to come…?” I totally relate. When thinking about sharing the gospel, a lot of times I wonder, “what if they think I’m shoving it down their throat?” or, “What if I offend them and they turn away from Christ instead?” But… the servant didn’t let this stop him. Abraham reminds him that ultimatly God is going to be the one to get Isaac a bride and reminds him that all he is to do is share with her and if she says no, she says no. (V.8)
· V. 17 “The servant hurried to meet her.” Wow. What motivated him to hurry? He had just taken a little step of faith and prayed for God to come through. Then he sees God answer his prayer and his confidence is built. Then he takes another little step. This whole deal is a step at a time and the result is that the servant gets to see God totally come through for Him. What an adventure he would have missed out on if he didn’t at least take a step at a time. The more we trust God, the more we trust God.
· V. 26 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness..” The servant is in awe of God and worships Him. When we get to see God come through in the face of our fear, worship is the response. Do you have an attitude of worship? If not could it be you need to take the next step in something He told you to do like share the gospel?
Here are some easy ways to share your faith.
2/22/2011 01:07:32 pm
What a beautiful post with scripture from the Word and out of your heart. Thanks for blessing us by being in the jam, Laura! Wonderful to meet you here!
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