It was on the morning we were going to my brother’s place for three days and two loads of laundry had to be done. Of course, I didn’t know that until hubby told me that morning he had no clean clothes; then I was busy all day and forgot, finally relaxing to watch a movie after supper clean up and didn’t remember until after . Oops! Well, that last load was drying at 1:00 and all was well by morning. It’s important to have clean clothes when visiting. In fact, imagine going to meet the Prime Minister or President: would you wear filthy or ripped up, mismatched clothes? Not unless it was all you owned in life.
In fact, some Christians feel strongly about wearing our best clothes for God when we go to the local church. It is meant to be a sign of respect, one I can’t fault if the intentions are truly noble. However, we should not judge others for what they choose to wear for they may have different noble reasons for the way they dress (it must only be modest). Anyway, I think if we want to honour God, perhaps a better sign of respect would be in order.
Is this what we look
like on the inside?
|or is this?|
Instead of making sure we toss our clothes in the laundry to clean them up, perhaps we should ‘toss’ ourselves into the refining fire, in the water of the Word, or into the blood of Jesus to clean us up from the inside before we appear in the local church and try to relate to our brothers and sisters- better yet, before we even appear in His presence. Would that not be the best sign of respect we could offer? Instead of our arrogance in assuming He is okay with our continual sin, worldliness and fleshly living without personal effort to try to change, perhaps we should do our best to change our actions of all we are able to as proof we love God more than ourselves.
Just a though anyway…
Behold, I have refined you… Is. 48:10
…Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, Ep. 5:25,26
…the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1Jh. 1:7