Are We the Bride or Bridezilla of Christ?

Are We the Bride or Bridezilla of Christ?

I wonder if we, as the Church, reflect more of the bride or bridezilla of Christ.

The image that pops into my mind of a disgruntled, pretty-on-the-outside but ugly-on-the-inside bride makes me cringe. Ouch.

This question started to percolate in my mind after a time of prayer for our church. As I lay in bed, my mind wandered through our imperfections and then honed in on my own selfish nature, roots of pride, and competitive spirit. I realized my own sin leans more in the direction of the “zilla” than I “rilla wanna” admit.

Whether or not we are one or the other is not what I desire to uncover, but I hope we’d be re-envisioned with Christ’s vision for us, the Church, as a beautiful and radiant bride of Christ.

We, the Church, are symbolically mentioned as the bride of Christ in 2 Corinthians 11: 1-3. The apostle Paul writes, “I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.”

In the same moment that Paul pledges and purposes us to be a beautiful, pure, and devoted bride, he voices his fear. The fear that we would liken to a wreck of a bridezilla rather than a radiant bride. One filled with corruption, deceit, and division.

Jesus prays for the church.

 I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

 I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. (John 17:20-13 NLT)

The vision of our image?

     That we would be unadulterated in our love for God and one another.  

     That we would be fused as a cohesive, dedicated community.

     So that we would be a radiant testimony of the reality of Christ’s Kingship.

     And that we would be a tantalizing reflection of the Father’s relentless love for all mankind.

Would you be an ambassador of this image today and pray for it to define the Church in all the days to come?

 

Father~

We pray that as the church we would we become a glowing bride that draws attention to your son, our gracious groom. Empower us to live with a zeal for you and your church defined by a loyal love. Help us protect your vision of perfect unity in the Church. We need your divine power. We need you.

~Your Daughters

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.