'I have betrothed you to ... Christ.' 2 Corinthians 11:2 NKJV 'Betrothal' isn't a word we use much these days. 'Hey guys, guess what happened today? I got betrothed to my beloved!' Maybe the word has vanished because the idea of betrothal has disappeared. In Bible days, betrothal meant more than engagement: it was part of the marriage ritual. As soon as a couple was betrothed, they were considered to be one. But there wasn't an actual wedding for a year or more. Where's this going? Well, the Church is the bride of Christ, and we're looking forward to the day when we'll get to sit with Him for what the book of Revelation calls the 'marriage supper of the Lamb' (Revelation 19:9 NKJV). Jesus' love for us is far more than the kindness of a friend or a well-meaning charity worker. It's a love that's so strong and personal all we have to compare it to is a marriage. So if you're afraid of missing out on some earthly thing - romance, success, belonging - Jesus has plans for your future that involve the most enormous of those earthly feelings. And then some. You're not going to miss out on anything. Until then He's making a place for you, praying on your behalf, continuing to pursue you, to bring you into 'the knowledge of [Him]' (Ephesians 4:13 NIV). So what now? If you've had a friend in mind to invite to church, then do that this week. Don't worry, you don't have to mention the 'betrothal' word. But just know for yourself that your 'betrothal' to Jesus is the best thing you'll ever have.
Soulfood: Gen 14:18, Ps 110, Heb 5:5-11