Someday my prince will come. This is the heart cry of every girl and every fairytale story: A girl waiting for that perfect man to sweep her off her feet into happily ever after. Did you know that this is the heart cry of the Church too? The Bible says that we, the Church, are the bride of Christ, and that we wait for Him to come back and take us into happily ever after with Him in heaven. This is one fairy tale that actually will come true.
But it takes waiting. And waiting. You see, no one knows when Jesus will come back for His bride. And so His bride has to be patient—and pure. The concept of bride is more like one of fiancé—the wedding hasn’t quite happened yet, and so the bride has the opportunity to go off with other men if she tires of waiting. Jesus warned of this: “He replied: Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is near.' Do not follow them” (Luke 21:8).
No, we need to wait for our King like a girl in a fairy tale waits for her Prince Charming. Others may come for her and try to allure her with various gifts and promises, but she only has eyes for one—and she will wait until He comes back for her. Jesus told a story of ten girls who were waiting for their King to return. But only half of them prepared enough oil to keep their lamps going. The other half were short-sighted (Matthew 25:1-13).
The oil represents the Holy Spirit. We need the Holy Spirit to help us be patient and pure as we wait for Jesus, our King, to return. His great return will be so worth the wait, but at times we will be tempted to sell short for a more present imposter. Let’s ask God to help us stay pure for His Son and look with great expectation for His return. As it says in the Bible, “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who hears this say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).