Conducting weddings over the years, I have watched many a bride walk down the aisle to her husband-to-be. It’s one of the great privileges of being a minister, but there is an even greater privilege.
A couple of weeks ago, for the first and only time in my life, I got the chance to walk a bride down the aisle. The great joy of conducting her through church and presenting her to the love of her life was something I will never forget. I thank God for the privilege.
But as I think about it, it’s actually something I get to do all the time. As a minister of the gospel I have the great privilege of bringing people to Jesus. As I teach about Jesus, encourage people to love him with all their heart and as I oversee our church family and all its ministries, I am always bringing Christ’s bride to him.
In fact, each one of us as we play our part in the body of Christ, is playing a part in the building up of that body: “the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16).
So next time you exercise a ministry amongst God’s people, whatever it is, see it for the incredible privilege it is. You are playing your part in drawing people to Jesus, introducing them to the groom. It’s a reason why we should pray for all those who serve us. At this time especially, as we come to our annual meeting, pray that those who lead us may fulfill their part in the ‘proper working of the body’.
Don’t stop there. Pray for yourself as well and your God-given roles. We can do no better thing with our time and energy than play our part in escorting the bride to the one who loves her.