My church is referred to as the Bride of Christ. Yet this is in the fullness of time, for the marriage supper of the Lamb has not yet occurred. Currently you are in a period of betrothal, in which the bride is making herself ready.
Consider the parallel to the period of engagement of a man and woman. This is a period of great joy and expectation, in which they are fully committed to each other. They spend the time in preparation for their union. Do you anticipate my return with the same intensity that a bride anticipates her wedding day? I want you to look for me eagerly, and be prepared for this magnificent event.