Faithful. (Engagement Message)

Posted: September 26, 2016 in thought to ponder
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(As shared on September 24, 2016 in Gloria Maris, Greenhills)

Engagement varies in different cultures but Biblically, we see it as early as Genesis. Abraham, gave specific instructions to his servant on looking for a bride for Isaac. The book of Ecclesiastes also states “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.” (Ecc. 4:9)

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That’s me and Bernice!

Engagement is simply a promise of a man to his loved one, in this case, me to Bernice, a promise to be wed. The issue now is about being faithful to one another as we publicly declare in front of our families, that we are pursuing another level in life, which is marriage. The picture of marriage is seen in Scriptures as Christ loving the church…to a point of dying for her.

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Tan boksu of UECG prayed for us.

Engagement is clear when we look at Scriptures. The picture is that the groom would go to the house of the bride, ask for her hand. The father of the bride would ask for a dowry, and then when they agree to terms, the groom will leave the house of the bride, and then go home and build a house for them. While the house for the couple is being built, the bride and her friends, the bridesmaid, would be waiting for the groom, for he may come anytime. As soon as the house of the couple is finished, the groom would come back for his bride, and take her away, and then the wedding festivities will be done in their new home.

Such is the picture of Christ coming to earth, then leaving to prepare a place for his bride, the church. Soon, he is coming back to take away his bride, then the festivities will commence. This is a picture of what engagement is. It is a time of preparation for both the bride and groom.

So one thing I ask of the Lord in this promise, that we remain faithful. Theodore Roosevelt once said, it is better to be faithful than famous. Mother Theresa was quoted as saying, I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness. In the same way, this is my prayer tonight.

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Engaged!

First, faithful to one another. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth that a steward (that is us), must be found faithful (1 Cor. 4:2). Faithfulness to one another begins in the area of faithfulness to my Lord.

This is my resolve, to wake up every day with an attitude of faithfulness to my future wife. Not just through romance, but a daily commitment to stick with her through thick and thin.

Secondly, pray that we be faithful in the area of our calling.

I have heard of stories about employees quitting and moving to greener pastures, but the pasture is greener if you water it. My calling, is to make disciples. While I am assigned right now as a youth pastor in a Chinese church in Cebu, it is my prayer that we (Bernice and I) be found faithful in this area.

All we want to hear is the Lord to say “well done my good and faithful servant“.

This is my prayer for all of us as well. That we would know Christ and that at the end of our lives, we hear him say “Well done”.

Two things I ask all of you to pray for. Pray for faithfulness for one another, and pray for faithfulness in the area of our calling.

Good evening.

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