What clothes are you wearing today?
As I write this devotional, the sun is streaming through my office window on a glorious autumn day in Southern Lake Macquarie. What a blessing it is to live in this part of the world.
Yet as I sit here, I find myself wearing jeans and a hoodie, almost like it's the middle of winter and cold. The only thing is, it's neither of those, and so I have come to the realisation that I am wearing the wrong clothes at this point of time.
I think that perhaps that can be a great metaphor for where we find ourselves in life too. Sometimes we are wearing the wrong clothes, because as followers of Jesus they are not ours to wear. Things like shame, guilt, self condemnation, anxiety, fear and a multitude of other things which we dress ourselves with each day.
We recently celebrated Easter, that time of the year when we focus on what Jesus did for us on the cross. If you're not familiar with the story, Jesus is crucified and then in line with Jewish burial custom is wrapped in grave clothes and his body was placed in a tomb. Yet on the third day after his death, Jesus came back to life and the bible says that the only evidence left in the tomb was the grave clothes discarded by Jesus.
It's such a powerful image for you and I today, because in all honesty there are probably things that we need to be discarding in our lives as well. If you are feeling unloved, get rid of that lie and know that Jesus loves you. If you are feeling hopeless during Covid-19, replace that with the truth that in Jesus there is hope for today and for all eternity.
The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
These were the words Jesus spoke to Lazarus, and these are the words he is saying to you and I today. Get rid of your grave clothes, the thoughts and feelings which are not from God, and instead clothe yourself with the robe of righteousness that Jesus has for you.