“What Not to Wear”

 

“Note to self: the white sandals would have been better with these pants.”  I’m no fashion diva—not by a long shot—but at least I know what not to wear.  Though it’s not important to me, it matters to those with whom I keep company—so I make an effort.

The loftiest truth is, it doesn’t matter what people think about my sandals.  What matters is the Highest Company I keep.  I’m gradually learning “what not to wear.”

Don’t show up in your own rags . Matt. 22:11-13  “…he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes… 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness…’

Put faith in JesusRev. 7:14  “…they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Allow the Lord to gradually fit you for heavenRev. 3:17-19  Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself… 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

Don’t wait till it’s too late. Rev. 16:15  (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”)

Actively serveRev. 19:7-8  the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

Be a glorious presentationEph. 5:27  that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing

Be pureJames 1:27   Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Be “Refine-able.” Mal. 3:2-3  “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? … He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver… so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.

Lay aside the old; put on the newEph. 4:22-24   that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

 

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