The scripture for today is from Revelation 19!
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” 10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
There is a lot of good news in this passage! It is a picture of heaven at the end of all things when Jesus is like a bridegroom coming for His bride - that's all believers of all time - His church.
It's good news to me that we will be dressed in fine linen, bright and clean! Our righteous acts will show but all our sin and failures will not be present - they won't be hanging around! That's good news! Really good news! I sense Jesus is calling me today to live with an eye on this heavenly scene. Live like I am not controlled by my sins and failures! Live new, free and fresh - today!
I don't exactly feel new, free and fresh today! I do not feel like fine linen, bright and clean!
Perhaps the Spirit is reminding me today that this is not heaven yet - I live in a messy battle zone still. But perhaps He gave this picture to me to say, "delton, Keep one eye on heaven! Don't live under the weight of sin and failure - even today - look what happens to those things in heaven. They are gone! They are not allowed in!"
Perhaps with one eye on this picture of heaven, today I can live a little more free from all that Jesus has cleansed me from. If my sins and failures are not attached to me in heaven then I probably get to live a little more free of them on earth!
I do love the last line when John (the human author of Revelation) gets so excited and tries to worship the angel. The angel tells him, "Don't do that, hold to the testimony of Jesus and worship God!"
Hold to the testimony of Jesus and Worship God!
I think I can do that today!