Recently I read an article that presented the contrast between dating and courting. The author was saying that dating is the process of "checking someone out," but courting is what you do with the one you are prepared to marry. Jesus isn't dating us, therefore, He's courting us! He calls us, the church, His intended, His Bride (Revelation 19:7).

One of the responsibilities of a bride is to prepare her *trousseau. Likewise, the Bride of Christ needs "fine linen, bright and clean...(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints)" (Revelation 19:8-9). But is a bride totally preoccupied with this responsibility? Hopefully not! As important as it is that her trousseau is readied, her longing is to be with her bridegroom. And this is the longing of the true Bride of Christ, also. She wants to be courted by Jesus, to hear Him tell her He loves her, to tell Him she loves Him, to sing for joy at the thrill of being with Him, and to sit quietly beside Him. These times of being with Him are what make the preparing of her trousseau--the confession and repentance, the refining, the working out of her salvation, the serving--worthwhile, and even exciting.

Just a thought, then: if the process of getting our trousseau ready is getting us down, maybe its because we’ve forgotten about courtship.


*trousseau: The possessions, such as clothing and linens, that a bride assembles for her marriage. The American Heritage Dictionary.