Hebrews 10:14, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”
I love attending weddings of family and friends. One thing about weddings is that everyone wants things perfect, to run smoothly, orderly, timely and in place. Rehearsals are done to address how things will run.
The bride’s dress is one of the most expensive things about the wedding. The white pure dress which symbolizes purity is kept safe waiting to be put on the actual day. What consumes the mind of the bride is how she will look perfect before her groom. She does not so much care about what everyone else will say or think, all she cares about is how good she will look for the groom and how the groom will respond to her efforts. Because she cares about how she will look, she makes sure that she has everything she needs to bring herself to that perfection. If you are going to perfect yourself, by whose level will you do it? The one you want to please. If I was to measure myself with the life of certain people, I would look better because I will conclude that I am not as messed up as they are but when I create my own standard, that would mean living the way I feel is good for. If I am okay or comfortable with it, then its right for me, I would call that my own perfection. The bride is not out to create her own perfection, she is out to look perfect before the groom. That is her standard, that is the mark and that is the measure. She may fall short of it, but she would have done everything in her power, and even get advises from people who know what catches the eyes of the groom and go for it. Mathew 5:48, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father which is in heaven is perfect”. Jesus is the groom we want to please on that day, Revelation 19:7, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints”. Will we be perfect? of course not, but that is the mark we all strive for?. By whose standards of perfection are you striving for, yours, someone else or the grooms? Hebrews 10:14, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” Through His offering, we have received His gift of grace and mercy, He has perfected us and our desire is to now keep that perfection.
Picture the groom in church, standing right by the altar waiting for his bride to be. Everyone seated chatting and having a good time, occasionally the groom chats with others but his mind is consumed by how beautiful his bride will look when she walks through the door. Suddenly they announce the arrival of the bride, everyone rises up, everyone is quiet and all eyes looking at the bride as she walks gracefully down the aisle towards the groom. She is not looking around at those who are there in as much as they matter, all she can see before her is her groom. What about the groom standing there majestically looking at the bride he has waited for and finally here she is.
We are the bride preparing ourselves to meet the groom on that day. Our motive and zeal is not to please the people who will show up at the wedding but the groom Himself. I can imagine on that day that as the bride walks in, all heaven becomes silent, all angels on their feet and all eyes locked on the bride who has been adorning herself here on earth and the groom saying, this is the bride I have waited for since the day I gave myself for her on the cross. I died for her because I loved her and she has kept herself pure because she loved Me too. What a glorious day that would be. What I’m I saying, the bride is not trying to live by her own standards, she is trying to live by the standards of the groom, just to please Him. Romans 10:3, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness (perfection), and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God vs. 4, “FOR CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES“. We will never be perfect, but I strive for His perfection not mine or someone else. Blessings Ev