All Dressed up, and EVERYWHERE to go.

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Today’s Readings: Luke 8:26-39; Col. 3:1-14; Ps. 129; 1 Chron. 12-14.

Sin is a thief. In Luke 8, the Gerasene demoniac, a representation of one utterly given over to Satan’s influence serves to show us all that sin robs. He had no home, no relationships, no peace, no health, no freedom, no hope – and
tellingly, no clothes. Sin destroys all modesty and all sense of propriety,
decorum or control. It blatantly parades what belongs to God and proper
intimates alone. In his nakedness the ravaged man rages. Man created in
holiness, rends his precious garment in rebellion, and can find no true covering
for his nakedness but in Christ. Thus he finds either his own artificial means to
cover him (ala Adam & Eve’s leaves & false religion), or riots against God
altogether and seeks to make exposure the norm, even when it is lewd,
harmful to others and wholly shameful. This man did it physically. From the
pioneer – Phil Donahue, down to the likes of Jerry Springer, they do it
psychologically. Even there, still physically at times. Contrast that with God’s
salvation. It is a “clothing” thing. A covering with righteousness what was
exposed through sin. So Colossians gives us a picture of Christians, all dressed
up in their Sunday best – in the grace of Christ. In Him we have “put on the new
self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.”
“Compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…forgiving each
other; as the Lord has forgiven you.” “And above all these put on love, which
binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Now that’s what I call being all
decked out! Isn’t it a precious picture, a glorious one? Naked in ourselves, we
are much like our legioned friend. In Christ, we are robed in His righteousness,
and being readied to be presented as a bride, without spot or wrinkle. Sin robs.
But God gives, and gives, and gives and gives. He dresses us in the finery of
Heaven. I hope you have your clothes on today. Oh how they fit. And they are
exquisitely suited for dining in the King’s palace, as well as doing housework,
mowing the lawn, meeting clients, conducting multi-national deals, swimming on
vacation, and worship alike. Don’t be caught without them.


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