Revelation 3:4 Are Your Clothes Dirty?

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4

Everyone expects clothing that is put on to be clean and presentable. Once the clothing gets soiled, they are expected to get cleaned before using again.

In many businesses, the workers are expected to dress in business attire that is clean. They work in an environment that does not usually get a person’s clothing dirty. If their clothing gets soiled, they have to change their clothing or else they are in danger of losing their position.

John tells the church of Sardis that some have not soiled their clothing because of their deeds done. Those people will walk with God, dressed in white because they are worthy.

God expects people to do various types of work for His kingdom. All of these works focus on building up His kingdom. When a person is doing what God has called him to do, he will not get his clothing dirty with the things of the world.

This fallen world is full of sin and sinful activities. The world strives hard to get the believer to follow their ways and get his clothing dirty with sin.

In every situation, God has provided a way out of stepping into sin and getting soiled. Sadly many believers are like little children in that they love to get into the mud and cover themselves with it. They want to look just like the world, covered in sin. Instead of resisting temptation, they walk into it soiling their souls.

The believer who chooses to follow God, will run away from the mud of sin. He will keep himself clean by resisting temptation and clothing himself with the righteousness that Jesus provides. At that point, he will be worthy of God.

As a believer you must be willing to look at yourself and see if you have soiled your clothing with sin. When Jesus had forgiven you, He gave you a robe of pure white righteousness.

Do not allow yourself to walk in the ways of the world and get those clothes dirty with sin. Keep yourself pure and holy before God, so that you will be considered worthy before God.

Be alive and victorious in Jesus, remaining in clean clothing, not sin-soiled clothing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness of sin Jesus offers; that you will keep your soul clean of sinful activities; that you will follow God with all of your heart; and that your deeds will honor God.

1 Timothy 6:7-8 True Contentment

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:7-8

Being content is something that every person has struggled with since Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve had the entire Garden of Eden for their use, all the trees, fruits, and animals, yet, they wanted the one fruit and thing that they were forbidden to have. They were not content with have all the rest, they wanted more.

To this day, people strive to get more and more. They want bigger, better, faster, and newer everything. There is never enough. Paul points out that a person cannot bring anything in or out of this world. Babies are not born with money, cars, clothes, or anything else. When a person dies, there is no U-Haul behind them hauling their things to the grave, he cannot take anything with him.

What does a person need in reality? Shelter, food, and clothing. If you have a roof over your head, one meal, and one pair of clothes, you have everything you need. You can only eat one meal at a time. You can only wear one set of clothes at a time. You can only sleep in one place at a time. Why do you need more?

If you have more than one meal in your possession, more than one pair of clothing, and a place to sleep with a roof, you have more wealth than most of the world.

The world tries to tell you that you must have more or else you are a failure. God looks at the heart. Is your heart content with God? Does your value rest with God or with things? If you are content with God, then you will not be a failure and you will not desire all those things. You will be content.

Living in poverty does not bring contentment or godliness. It is trusting in God and being content in Him that does.

God can provide all that you need and more. Do you trust Him to do so? Or will you look to things?

I pray today that God will reveal to you how much He has blessed you; that you will seek to be content in Jesus only; that you will give thanks to God for all that you have; and that you will not seek wealth or things, but only Jesus.