Like a lot of people, I go through different phases in life. I once wanted to be a barista, a dancer, a makeup artist, and so many other things. But one thing in particular that I just knew I wanted to do was be a Wedding Planner. I was seriously obsessed with weddings to the point that I actually took online classes and got my Wedding Coordinator license. Yes, I am a licensed Wedding Coordinator and I have never planned or coordinated a wedding besides my own in the 13years I have had my license. During this phase I purchased all the magazines, read all the blogs, and watched every show that had to do with weddings. It was one show in particular called “Say Yes to the Dress” that I loved and secretly still love. The show focused on the Bride choosing the best dress for her big day. We all know that picking the right dress is almost as important as picking the right groom. Okay, maybe not that important but it is serious business for the bride. The bride wants to make sure that she has the right dress to enter into the most magnificent moment in her life.
But, what happens when after you have picked the perfect dress; and you decide to purchase it two sizes too small because your Maid of Honor tells you that you have to look like Kim Kardashian when you walk down the aisle. And your wedding party swears they are now team fit. You tell yourself that you are going to diet and work out and have this dramatic weight-loss. But because of life’s schedule you never actually make it to the gym and now you are out of time. See just like a Bride preparing for the most amazing day of her life we must prepare our souls for the return of our Savior Jesus Christ. Some of you may say that I’m saved, Holy Ghost filled, and a leader in the church; I got my one way ticket straight up to those pearly gates. But if you really evaluate your life, would you say that you are really prepared for His return?
I remember having a dream when I was about 16 years old. It was me and a couple of my girlfriends and we were in this strange, yet beautiful place. There were clouds everywhere and hotels lined up on each side of us. Although it was an unfamiliar place I knew we were in Heaven. We were greeted by this gentleman who asked to escort us to our rooms. Right then I should have known something was wrong with my lifestyle because out of all the fancy hotels there we were at the Budget Inn, I couldn’t even get a room at the Embassy Suites. But back to the story, after the gentleman escorted us to our room he gave us the instructions to get dressed in our nicest gown for a party. Like most women we rushed to our suit cases and started pulling out clothes trying to pick out our best outfit for the party. However, when I got to my suit case I noticed that there was no gown packed. I immediately panicked and began asking the other girls if they had something I could borrow, which they all answered NO! So I figured I would call my mom, she could send me something to wear. I called my mom and asked her to send me a gown for the party. Her answer was the same as my friends; she couldn’t help me now I was on my own. In Matthew 25 it tells us the parable of the Bridegroom. Most of us have heard the story many times. But like the foolish virgins I was not ready for His return.
Someone may say, girl at least you made it to Heaven! Yes, I made it to Heaven but I had not fulfilled all that God had required of me while I was on earth. There is one thing to accept Christ in your heart, be a good person, and go to church on Sunday Morning. And there is another to actually fulfill the mantle that God has placed on you while you are here on earth. Your life should represent Him at all times. Remember this life is not your own, because as a Christian it now belongs to Him. No you may not be in club, fornicating, or other types of known sin. But how is your relationship with Him? Are you obeying Him in every area of your life? Are you even seeking Him for direction and wisdom?
My girlfriends and I have this joke that we do, when we know one of us are not quite acting like the sweet angels that we should. We may say girl that’s why when you get to Heaven you will have a rental house. Or girl your crown is already filled with cubic zirconia. I once heard a Pastor say, “that I don’t want Christians to get it twisted we all won’t have the same reward in Heaven. So don’t hate on my lake front when you have a brick view.” It’s funny to say, but let’s be real when you get to your final destination and you stand before Him, you want Him to be able to say “well done you good and faithful servant”. And place a crown upon your head, not receive a certificate for participation because you weren’t faithful in your walk with Him.
Matthew 25:13 says, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh”. I challenge you today, no matter how perfect you may think your walk is to evaluate your heart. Search deep down in your soul to see if there are any areas that you could improve. Are you really walking with Christ or sitting on the sidelines? Don’t be like the foolish virgins who waited to the last minute and found out that it was too late, the Bridegroom had come. Take the time to really ask yourself the question, if Christ were to come back today will I be ready?