The Beautiful Bride - Week 1, Day 4

Bearing His Name

IF… Paul told the Corinthian church the following: “I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.  By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (NIV)

THEN… I will never take the Gospel for granted, but instead will hold firmly to it, so that my belief is not in vain. I will be thankful each day for Christ’s sacrifice that granted me my salvation and be eager to share this good news with others.   

When my husband asked me to marry him, I was so excited about the prospect of being Mrs. Mike Fitzgerald that I wanted the entire world to know. I loved showing my new ring to anyone who would talk to me about it.  I planned the wedding, walked down the aisle and woke up in a new home with a new name.  Although some parts of me were not changed by the marriage, there were parts of me that would never be the same. 

During the first year of “bliss,” we endured some “not-so-blissful” moments. There were times that I reverted back to making choices as if he were not a factor in my life;  Choices like how I would spend my time, who I would hang out with, what I would do after work… I had to learn to be Mrs. Mike Fitzgerald.  It did not come as naturally as I thought it would. 

About four years into our marriage, we went through a very rough time.  Many people would have taken the struggles that we endured as an opportunity to say, “I’m done with this marriage.” However, we decided that we had made a commitment to each other and that we were going to persevere.  We did and have now been married for twenty-five years.  We still have days that we struggle.  I still have to remember that my name is now his, but through the years, it has become more natural for me to bear his name.  I am Mrs. Mike Fitzgerald! He is my husband.  I have surrendered to him and received the most amazing gift in return: a love that protects, a love that endures, a love that never fails. 

This beautiful gift is what God offers to us when we change our name to His. When we become His bride and choose to bear His name in the world, we receive in return a love that is perfect.  As women, we long for this perfect love, and yet, it takes our surrender to receive it.  The day that you accept Christ’s gift is the day that you commit to take His name. However, it does not mean that all of the work is done.  Yes, His work was complete on the cross, but your work of surrender to His will is only beginning. Expect it to be hard. Changing our patterns is never easy, but in submission to Him, you will find everything your heart desires in your groom!

 Each day of your life, you have the opportunity to show those around you the love of your groom by how you bear His name.  If those around you were to share their thoughts of your love for your groom, would they be able to recount the exuberant love of a bride or would they struggle to connect you to the name of your groom? 

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