Every bride wants to be beautiful for her husband, so she takes great effort to see that every detail of her dress is perfect. Whatever it takes to make that dress perfect – shopping, alterations, even going outside the allotted budget to purchase it – that dress is going to highlight the one wearing it, and the bride wants to see delight in the groom’s eyes as she comes down the aisle.
If the wedding garment is so crucial for an earthly wedding, how much more do we want to have our wedding dress ready for our wedding to the King of Kings! There will be a standard for the wedding garment for this wedding. What will happen if the qualifications for this dress are not met?
Matthew 22:99-13: “Go therefore to the intersections of the highways, and as many as you may find, invite to the marriage feast. Those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found both bad and good. The wedding was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man who didn’t have on wedding clothing, and he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here not wearing wedding clothing? He was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and throw him into the outer darkness; there is where the weeping and grinding of teeth will be.”
The consequences of not wearing the proper wedding clothing are serious. So the question is, how can we be sure we are dressed in the correct apparel?
Revelation 19:7,8: “Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him the glory. For the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. She was given clothing of fine linen, bright and pure. For the fine linen she wears is the righteous acts of the saints.
Wow! Did you notice that this wedding dress is given to the bride? It is made out of fine linen. And what is it that makes the fine linen? The righteous acts that each person has done. Do we want a beautiful gown for the King of Kings? We need to remember that we are actually creating that gown we will wear with every good thing we do for one another. When we help each other, when we care about the widow and the orphan and do something to help them, when we forgive, when we make soup for a sick neighbor, when we do errands for an elderly person, when we encourage each other, or visit the prisoner, or when we pray for someone, or when we put food on a needy person’s table, these are the things that are going to weave together our wedding dress for the most important wedding ever! Really, it is doing the things the Lord Himself did as He was on the earth. Now it is our turn!
What are you doing today to make your wedding dress beautiful?