// Rhonda Rogers
THE CHURCH is the bride of the One True King. And an appointed day has been arranged by God for us to meet our Groom, the Lord Jesus Christ. Although the Bible says that day will come unexpectedly, it's important that we are packed and ready.
This is not a time to be spiritually asleep. Jesus is coming back for a spotless bride, one who is washed with the water of the Word and busy doing the work of the ministry. We don't have to be caught off guard; we can be ready for the day of the Lord's return.
Jesus gave us gifts so we are prepared for His return. Our loving, faithful groom gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. We've been sealed with the Holy Spirit for when Christ comes for His bride. That seal is like a ring that shows we belong to God.
Another gift is God's Word. When we're born again, our spirits are renewed and restored. Our souls, however, are not. We must renew our minds with the Word, and the Word must become an anchor for our soul.
Our enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion that looks for anyone he can devour (1 Peter 5:8). If we haven't renewed our minds and if the Word hasn't become the anchor that holds us steady, we will be devoured. The good news is that the devil may roar, but the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has the final roar!
Scripture tells us to set our minds on the things above, or on things in Heaven (Col. 3:2). What is it like in Heaven? In Heaven, it is well with our souls.
Our soul also needs to be well on the earth. We are in a spiritual battle. We can clearly see the spirit of antichrist is rampant around the world. If our soul is not well, it can take us out of contention in a spiritual fight.
For any bride, there are a lot of things to do before the wedding. Everything must be done in advance. No one waits until the final day to pull it all together.
As the Bride of Christ, we've been given plenty of time to get ready. On the day of the Lord's return, there is no more preparation time. We have to make sure our spirit is right, and it is if we are born again. As our mind is renewed, then our body will line up.
God has amazing plans for our lives. We are all anointed to fulfill our divine destinies. But we also need to share our faith and bring more people into the kingdom.
The Church can no longer be asleep. We cannot hit the snooze button anymore on our life, our call, and on sharing our faith with others. This is our wake-up call. The Groom is coming!
As we submit to the Holy Spirit, renew our minds with the Word, and live on purpose for Christ, we will be ready for that appointed day. So let's go forth as ministers of reconciliation and spread the word about the upcoming wedding!
[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from Rhonda Rogers' Friday morning session at Kindle the Flame 2014.]