Day 5: Exclusive and breathtakingly beautiful

Exodus 34:12-14 NIV
12 Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. 13 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles. 14 Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

2 Corinthians 11:2  NIV
I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.

“Dear friends, let this jealousy which should keep us near to Christ be also a comfort to us, for if we be married to Christ, and he be jealous of us, depend upon it this jealous husband will let none touch his spouse…The subject is large and deep; let us prove that we understand it, by henceforth walking very carefully; and if any say ‘Why are you so precise?’ let this be our answer—‘I serve a jealous God.’” [C. H. Spurgeon, A Jealous God]

The church is being made breathtakingly beautiful in order to be presented to Jesus Christ, the bridegroom. So let us all partake in the exclusive devotion to him alone, walking carefully and precisely. Let us serve the jealous God by praying for the church and campus ministries and missional groups that each person will grow to be breathtakingly beautiful in the exclusive love of God.

Prayer: God thank you that you are making the church breathtakingly beautiful, pure and holy. May we partake, live and grow in your jealous love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing “Your grace amazes me” by Passion (click here).