Rags to Robes
As Christians, we can choose to take a step of obedience or stay resolutely in our self-will. If we choose to be obedient, we find ourselves in a situation that is outside of our comfort zone. Insecurities and doubts begin to plague our minds. We may feel confused, lost, scared, anxious, unworthy, inept, uncomfortable and a dozen of other negative emotions. We may become frustrated because our step of obedience has stripped us of our carefully constructed image based on our own accomplishments.
God strips us of our worldly rags and offer us royal robes. But those royal robes scare us to death! Some of us never put them on and we demand our rags back. Others put the robes on, but they feel out of character. Many of us stand naked an exposed because we don’t want to put our rags back on; yet, we will not put on the robes. We wallow in our despair and wonder why we are not fulfilling the purpose God has designed for us.
We need to stop wallowing, put on the robes and feel safe in the fact that we will quickly grow into them. We might feel like phonies at first; however, we will transform into the image God desires for us. But be careful! Once the robes really start to feel like a second skin, God will ask us to take another step of obedience into a brand new set of robes. So, be obedient to God, knowing that all of your worthiness comes from Christ Jesus and not from yourself.
“Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’”
– John 14.23 (NIV)
“Lord, helped me to obey Your teachings and to obey Your will in my life. Let me not be pulled down by doubts and insecurities. I want to obey You and allow You to cover me with Your righteousness.”