Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lets Get Personal: A Look Into My Journal

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with garments of salvation; He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
-Isaiah 61:10

In a wedding ceremony both the bride and the groom are dressed better than they most likely will ever be the rest of their lives. Their garments set them apart from all others that day: friends, family and even the bridal party. Yet they do not dress to boast in themselves, but they dress beautifully for their beloved, as an outward gesture of how special they are to them on the sacred day of their union. 

Similarly, as God's people we are dressed in garments more spectacular than anything we ever have worn or will wear, those of salvation and righteousness. These garments set us apart from those who do not know God and cause them to notice their nakedness in comparison, whether they choose to acknowledge it or not. As Christians, we must convey to them that we do not dress ourselves nor do we dress unto ourselves, rather we were dressed by our beloved, Jesus Christ, for His glory, which means we must live as if that were true. A bride would not roll around in the mud in her white dress, nor would a groom soil his tux. So Christians, let us live as if we are waiting for our beloved on our wedding day, meticulously and joyfully caring for the robes we have been graciously given so that those who are naked might desire to know the one whom we shine for in order that they might too be clothed in the same fashion.

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