June 22, 2010

New Clothes

I found an awesome picture of God's redemption for us through the cross in Zechariah today:

"Now Joshua [a high priest] was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel. And he [the angel] spoke and said to those who were standing before him saying, 'Remove the filthy garments from him.' Again he said to him, 'see, I have taken your iniquity away from you and will clothe you with festal robes."(Zechariah 2:3-4)

Jesus completely did this for us when we first came to Him. He removed our dirty, ugly sin--our raggedy, old clothes. We became naked. Although we were clean and free from sin, we were still plain...weak...incapable. That's when He went the extra mile. He has and/or is giving us gradually glorious robes to adorn ourselves with. They're not naturally a part of us. They are a part of Him: to be courageous...loving...capable. Capable of righteousness, His righteousness.

In our hearts, the more we shed of our uselessness, the more room He has to adorn us in His glorious righteousness. Even in this colorful robe He has clothed us in lovingly, we are still nothing. We simply have something...His something.

God will continue to transform us and clothe us in new clothes constantly. It's an ongoing process that we'll continue through our entire lives, when we surrender to Him. What stage are you at? Are you gloriously dressed? Just have small garments? Are you freshly undressed from your old clothing, ready for some of God's power? Or are you standing before a holy God, ashamed of dirty rags? He loves you and wants to remove them and replace them with new clothes of righteousness and holiness.  "'Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts."

1 comment:

  1. I think that this post was very helpful! Eye opening but and straight to the point...Thank you for helping me realize that we need to continue to wash our clothes :]