Lift the Veil

21 08 2009

As we come to a close on topic #3 “Focus on Faith” and our commitment to a lifetime relationship with God, we have also looked at marriage over the last few weeks and so too we will end on this note.  In looking at the launching pad of marriage, the wedding it’s self and walking down the aisle, what is the next thing that happens just after you say I do…I do make a commitment to honor and cherish you all the days of my life? The next thing that happens is you lift the veil. We all have heard the minister say right after the exchanging of the vows, “you may kiss the bride” and then the groom lifts the veil in order to do so.  It is a tradition for a groom to lift his bride’s veil after exchanging vows with one another and the kiss symbolizes sealing the deal. It symbolizes a connection, closeness and a bride and groom becoming one. Therefore this tradition of lifting the veil is a symbol of the relationship moving into a level of intimacy.  And what is intimacy?

When I think of intimacy, I think of a familiar and very close connection with another as a result of getting to know and experiencing each other. True intimacy in relationships requires communication and vulnerability.  It is to feel comfortable enough to expose who you REALLY are in a trusting, loving, secure place.   It is closeness, tenderness, caring and affection.  It is sharing your most secrets and private thoughts in a safe and comfortable place.   It is mutual respect and recognition of each other’s needs, wants, desires, hopes and dreams.   This place of intimacy is exactly the place God dwells as we enter into a relationship with Him.   Let’s take an even deeper look at this marriage to the Almighty.

“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body…..” Ephesians 5:22 & 23

OK ya know I had to study this one, and my Spirit Filled Life Bible had this to say- As a wife, how should I behave toward my husband?  Look to the chosen bride, the church, in its relationship with Christ; respect him, acknowledge his calling as “head” of the family, respond to his leadership, listen to him, praise him, be unified in purpose and will with him; be a true helper. Now the bible does not put males over females, but it does call for husbands to accept responsible leadership in the same spirit of self-giving and devotion Christ has shown for His church. –  Read for yourself all of Ephesians 5:22-33 and see quite a deeper meaning to Christ as the husband and the church as the bride as it compares the relationship and responsibilities of the husband and wife to the relationship of Jesus and His church = US. In reading these verses you get to see Jesus’ close and personal involvement in our lives, and you begin to realize that all God really wants is a passionate response from us to have such relationship.  He wants our undying devotion and commitment.  Here let’s see if this will help our further exploration.  

 “For I have betrothed you to one husband that I may present you as a chase virgin to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:2b

What is a chase virgin?   The word chase according to Webster’s dictionary means to follow rapidly, to seek out and when I think of the word virgin I think of pure. So if I were to define this chase virgin I would say that God wants us to pursue this relationship with Him with a pure heart.  A heart that is not all mixed up with other things but is focused on God in all we do.  Ya know seek ye first (Matthew 6:33).  It’s just like when you work for a company and you always seek to do what is in direct alignment with the direction of the company’s CEO because you know if you do anything contrary, it may cost you your job!  Well think of it this way, God is the CEO of your life, He has laid out a plan for each of our lives, a direction and focus and if we can get under the covering of His leadership…can you imagine the promotions we will receive!!!!

This bible verse makes it abundantly clear that the true church is the bride who God chose to be wed to His Son; therefore If you are a Christian, then you ARE of the true church and, as such, you ARE “the bride of Christ”.  All Jesus desires is a relationship with His church of both intimacy and passion; of commitment and promise, just like husband wants from a wife and any CEO wants for his employees that work for his company.  You know the greatest passion and commitment to the company out of its employee’s creates the greatest long term results for the company and therefore these type of employees are always the ones that are being promoted.  Why?  Because these are the folks that are passionately pursuing with diligence and determination the vision and purpose of the company!  Why wouldn’t God, the CEO of our company, our life want anything different out of us?  God knows your gifts and desires because He put them in you.  He also knows your hurt and pains.  He knows your mistakes and your sort falls. You can come to God just as you are – that is definitely how you come with the purest of hearts.  So lift the veil and allow Him to experience you and to mend your broken pieces.  Lift the veil and lay your passion and your desire, your hope and dreams at His feet.  It is in this most intimate place that you build the most beautiful part of any relationship – that is what we call intimacy.   So ladies, as we enter a new relationship or renew our relationship with God, it’s time to walk down the aisle and lift that veil.

“What makes humanity so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest possible intimacy with God.” – Monica Baldwin

 

Next week we begin Focus #4 “Reorganizing Your Team” see you next Friday for both a new blog post and a new MAXIMIZE Moment Radio segment as we embark on this new theme.

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31 08 2009
Rev. Terri

I enjoy reading your blog, however, I must make a correction to your statement about 2 Corinthians 11:2(b). The word used in the scripture is not “chase”, but “chaste”, which means “morally pure” or “virginal”. I’m not sure which bible version you are using as a reference, but the New King James Version reads, “2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”. The writer Paul was cautioning the Corinthians about being corrupted by false apostles. The Corinthians needed to remain pure in their relationship to Christ.

3 09 2009
Nicole Roberts Jones

Wow! Thank you for pointing that out to me. Typos are no fun but it definitely brings quite a unique perspective to the look at this topic. Although this could have been a huge mistake. It actually ended up bringing the point to life much more…LOL

Thank you so much for your input!

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