He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isa. 61:10.
If there were a promotion at the mall and a famous jeans company were giving out free jeans—no strings attached, no questions, no limited supply, no need for pushing and shoving, guaranteed that everyone in the line would get a pair of totally free jeans in their size—would we not call all our friends and tell them to go get in line for their free jeans? And wouldn't we be there?
What we really need, however, is the garment that Jesus alone can give. First, He gave His blood for us; then He gave us His coat of righteousness to cover our filthy rags. (See Zech. 3:1-5 and Matt 22:1-13.) But we have to accept the garment and put it on. We can only accept it by faith. It is our only hope now and in the judgment.
We must have enough faith to believe that Jesus wants to cover our sins, and we must accept that—but there is another part to this. When we realize how fortunate we are to have this offer of the free garment, we will become so grateful to Jesus for offering it that we will want to obey Him in everything He asks us to do. We will get so excited about receiving the free garment that we will want to tell our family, our friends, those with whom we work, and even strangers on the street!
Jesus is giving a free garment, and we need to get excited about His offer! Many of us believe that He will give us the garment for free, and perhaps we accept it (or think we have accepted it). But maybe we accept on our own terms, or with a little doubt. But on whatever terms we have accepted it, somehow we don’t fully believe that it is totally free for everyone, or that there is an unending supply, so we don’t get excited enough to tell our family, our friends, our neighbors, and everyone we pass on the street. We accept the gift, but we are hoarding it and not sharing the good news about this free gift with others. Are we afraid they won’t like the style, or that the supply will run out, or that if we need a replacement there won’t be any left? Sisters, these are free garments! This is so awesome! Go; tell your friends before the offer ends!
Elizabeth Versteegh Odiyar
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