Aug. 29, 2016

What Are You Wearing? - Part One

What are you wearing?

A robe of righteousness? Isaiah 61:10

A garment of praise? Isaiah 61:3

Sackcloth and ashes? Jeremiah 6:26

The whole armor of God? Ephesians 6:11

Filthy rags? Isaiah 64:6

Garments of salvation? Isaiah 61:10

One version of a portion of Isaiah 61:10 states "...He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness..."

The Lord wants us to be fully, adequately and royally dressed. He has provided our covering similar to the way parents provide for and dress young children. Wise and caring parents obtain clothing that is age, weather and size appropriate for the child. Parents check the weather forcast and are also aware of the activities planned for the day. They choose clothing that is suitable. But sometimes the children don't want to wear what has been chosen for them. If left to their own devices, a child may don their favorite pair of sandals in the dead of winter. A young child has no knowledge of the potential for frostbite when dainty fingers and toes are exposed to extreme temperatures during the cold season.

In a similar fashion our Heavenly Father has provided kingdom appropriate garments for us. Just like the wee tots, the children of God sometimes do not want to wear what He has chosen for us. He has laid out Extraordinary for us and we only want ordinary. He showed us Royalty and we looked for rags. He pointed out Elite and we turned toward dusty.

When the Hollywood notables are interviewed on the red carpet, they are often asked, "Who are you wearing?" Most of the time the interviewer already knows which designer crafted the stunning piece on display. Those "in the know" have close ties to the fashion world and often recognize a designer's signature looks.

We should be even more recognizable as being clothed by the Master. Many cultures have a distinct way of adorning themselves that differs from all other people groups. They are proud to display the apparel of their homeland. Kingdom citizens, such as we are, should be the most recognizable. We should be the brightest, the cleanest and the purest.  A natural parent puts forth so much effort to be sure their children are presented in a way that represents the family well. We all know of instances where the children left home in the morning looking one way but stopped somewhere between home and school to alter their look. The outfit they left home wearing was approved of by the adults in the house. But the ensemble was too restrictive, too square, too unimaginative to suit the child's taste.

We represent the Kingdom of God. What are you wearing? If you have received Jesus as Lord and Savior you are a royal citizen. Are you arrayed as a king and a priest (Revelation 1:6 and 5:10)? Or have you allowed the world to dress you in beggerly garb?

More to come next time. Thanks for visiting!