The wedding of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Revelation 19:7-8
Note that the parenthetical statement in the preceding verse is not mine, but God’s! This passage offers several surprises. We might have expected to be told that Christ makes the bride ready, rather than she herself. We could also have expected that the fine linen would stand for the righteousness of Christ, or perhaps the righteous faith of the saints. But what we are told is that it stands for the righteous acts or works of the saints.
God gives us eternal rewards for doing good works (Eph 6:8; Romans 2:6,10)… He also grants us rewards for generous giving; “Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” (Matthew 19:21) ~ Randy Alcorn, Money, Possessions & Eternity, pg 118
Pastor Experito from Gulu, Uganda is here in Arizona, and he noted last week, much to everyone’s laughter, that we are “human beings”, not “human havings!”
He gave us a powerful illustration of how he and his church in Uganda, one of the poorest countries in the world, prepare themselves to be the bride of Christ. Each Wednesday and Friday, they fast all day, drinking only water, and give the food they would have eaten to those in their community who are going hungry. This they do in keeping with Isaiah 58. Wow, there’s a whole new level of challenge!
So, we ask ourselves, do we take a hatchet or a scalpel to our own budget and lifestyle? I’m thinking I need a hatchet. His poor church’s excellent, sacrificial giving challenges us to prove that our love for Christ is genuine, also.
More than 20,000 children die every day from malnutrition/starvation. 800,000,000 people go to bed hungry.
Check out RICE NIGHT for ideas on taking a hatchet to your grocery/eating out budget! Christ always asks us to give our best…not our left-overs.
2 Corinthians 5:15 And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.