As a Bride of Christ – Are you a “Smitten Bride”?
The worship music played loudly though my ear buds as I sat on the floor in front of the hotel mirror applying makeup for the day. The girls were beginning to stir and so was my heart. In the mirror I saw a broken girl; yet the Lord whispered – “Beautiful”. I saw dirty rags. He whispered -“Clean”. I saw shattered. He whispered – “whole”. I saw bondage of busyness. He whispered -“smitten bride“. I saw my past. He saw my future. Tears streamed down my face as my hand reached to the Heavens. There was no holding back regardless of who was watching. I was smitten – I had to worship Him! How could I not? He was washing me in mercy and restoring my heart piece by piece. It was a beautiful thing. This reminded me of another women who could not help but worship him.
A busy bride defines Martha to a “t”. Her heart is divided with good/god distractions. Yet she is a preoccupied worshipper. Mary represents a smitten bride with a focused heart, and she is an extravagant worshipper. Martha’s hospitality was focused on meeting the “needs” of Jesus; Mary was focused on “Jesus”. Mary was not lazy; She was whole-heartedly smitten and intoxicated with her Lord and enjoying her King. Jesus was pleased.
In John 12:1-3 the smitten bride, Mary, anoints Jesus’ body with her alabaster jar of oil. She breaks open her life savings, her 401K, her everything and pours it onto his dusty feet. Then she makes a scandalous move and releases her bound hair (which a woman never did in public). She intimately wipes His feet with her beautiful locks unconcerned about what others thought. She offered her heart to her King. The disciples watched in judgment; they did not understand her bravery. One by one each disciple rebuked her for her waste. They saw money; She saw Jesus. She said nothing in her defense, against the cruel accusations, but Jesus did.
“Aware of this, Jesus said to them, why are you bothering this woman? SHE HAS DONE A BEAUTIFUL THING TO ME….……When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:10-13)
Jesus received her offering as a “beautiful thing”, and declared her sacrifice to be remembered throughout history. Jesus always defends a worshipper. There is nothing too dirty that He alone can not make worthy. And that day the fragrance of her worship filled the room, changed the atmosphere, and imprinted history. She washed His feet in fragrance. He washed her heart in mercy.
Extravagant worship fills your heart with lavish love, consuming peace, vibrant fragrance, bold courage, and unending hope. Pouring out your hearts devotion is a natural response to the One who loved you first. He remembers your personal offering of extravagant worship and longs for you to be His “smitten bride” not a “busy bride.”
What you worship will consume your heart. Are you an extravagant Worshipper of Jesus? Or are you an extravagant worshipper of busyness and meeting needs? Will you pour yourself onto Jesus as an offering and allow Him to pour Himself into you?
PRAYER: LORD JESUS, Here I am; I give you my heart. I spill my heart as an offering. I long to worship You in Spirit and in Truth with all that I am. Remove my heart of busy-ness and replace it with a heart alive and focused on You alone. I desire to be “Your Smitten Bride”!
In Jesus Name I pray – AMEN!