At all times we must remember that we are His. We belong to the Lord, not to another. We are His. We have family, friends, spouses, employers and others calling upon us in varying degrees of need, but firstly we belong to Christ.
Jesus doesn’t want us wearing ourselves out trying to fix everything or running ourselves thin striving to please everyone. He simply wants our hearts, our love, and our obedience in that love. He asks not for us to be enslaved to Him but to be engaged to Him.
He is the One who calls us to come close. He calls us to serve as ambassadors of reconciliation for His Kingdom, yet He also beckons us to come and rest our weary heads.
Jesus, our Messiah, Lord, Savior and King. He is our Bridegroom. He longs to be our first go-to, our greatest Companion, our closest Friend. He wants to be the One we seek before we phone a friend, before we seek out the pastor. He wants to be the shoulder we cry on, the Deliverer we rely on.
The Lord asks not for us to be enslaved to Him but to be engaged to Him.
Jesus wants to be our all, our everything. He longs for our hearts to be wholly after His. He desires to help us set our affections on Him, bringing Him glory in every area of life. He is the only One worthy of our all.
We are married to Him. And to truly live as His Bride, we will consecrate ourselves. We will set ourselves apart to fellowship intimately with nothing and with no one that would bring grief to His heart, for we were made for divine union with Him alone.
“I am my beloved’s, And his desire is toward me.”
Song of Solomon 7:10 (NKJV)
This is a divine betrothal.
Our most intimate fellowship is to be with God. Nothing else compares and nothing else satisfies like our union with Him. It is the union of the Bridegroom King and His beloved Bride, those redeemed from every tribe, tongue and nation.
This is a divine betrothal, a union too great for words. A united companionship beyond any other relationship, activity or interest in anything or anyone else. It is an intimate relationship in which we are to grow continually in passion for Jesus.
Greater than any earthly thing, our place as His Bride is truly extraordinary. Oh, that He gave His life to reconcile us, a Bride made pure and suitable for the Son of God.
This is the only true kind of love. His love is real love. We were made for this. We were made for union with Him.