68 months ago, I married my best friend. That translates into five years and eight months. It seems like forever. And two states, four apartments, three jobs, four kids, and two home businesses later we are still in love!
My devotion book this morning shared the story of a beggar who was invitied to dine with, and then lvie with the king. He was provided new clothing and sat at the king’s table, yet he carried his old raggedy clothing with him everywhere because he never knew when he would need them.
Of course the spiritual parallel of the story is that we have been given a change of clothing by the King of Kings at salvation. We have been invited to dine at His table, to live in His palace, and to enjoy all of the benefits of His royalty. He offers it all to us through Christ. Yet we cling to our rags of the flesh, carrying around old habits and besetting sins “just in case we ever need them.” We do not fully realize the change and transformation that has been offered to us. I fall into this trap too many times – just not quite willing to let completely go of who I was and to fully become who I am in Christ.
As I thought on this fictional tale and its spiritual lesson, I thought of the fact that today is one of our “anniversaries” as a married couple. My husband and I have a game to see who can remember that it is the 26th of the month, and tell the other person first. I usually lose, but today I won. In fact, Ben texted me to say it is a score of about 65 to 3!
Five years and eight months ago I was getting ready to say “I do” and change my life forever. I was going to change my name, where I lived, and who I lived with. In preparation for that important, life-changing ceremony, I changed my clothes. I put on my best dress – a new white garment picked especially for that day.
When I accepted Christ at salvation, my life changed spiritually – forever. My home was changed from earth to heaven, and I was seated in heaven with Christ. I was offered a new “dress” of purity and holiness. Why is it that spiritually I so often refuse the new garment which has been hand-picked for me by God? Today I want to live in my new clothes, and leave my rags behind.
Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
Zechariah 3:3-4 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.