Matthew 22:11-13 Wearing The Right Clothes

Matthew 22_13

“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ” Matthew 22:11-13

Jesus told a parable of what the kingdom of heaven is like. The story was of a king putting on a great wedding. Many people refused to come, so he invited those on the streets to come. One man was there who did not have wedding clothes on, so the king had him thrown out.

Wearing the right clothing in very important for many jobs. Many jobs have a uniform for their employees to wear. Others just require certain types of clothing. Working in construction requires a hard hat and steel toed boots. Working in an office or school will require casual business clothing. While working in doing lawn mowing, may not require anything specific.

This type of thing is expected and accepted by most people. Very few people would argue against the required clothing.

Yet, many people argue against the clothing required to get into heaven. In order for a person to get into heaven, he must be clothed with the correct clothing. One must be clothed with the righteousness and holiness of Jesus.

It is commonly thought that anyone who claims to believe in God will get into heaven or that there are many ways to get into heaven. With these types of thoughts it means that there is no standard to get into heaven. A person can live anyway he wants and still get in. One does not have to give up sin, in order to get into heaven.

Jesus never taught that type of teaching. Jesus came to get rid of all your sin. You must put on His righteousness and live for Him. If you live with the clothing of  this world wrapped around you, God will not see Jesus in you and you will be rejected for getting into heaven.

When God or this world sees you, they should see Jesus in you. You should be clothed with Him, not with the things of this world and yourself. Put on the right clothing so that you may get into heaven.

I pray today that you will know the salvation of Jesus; that you will cloth yourself with His righteousness; that you will live differently than the world; and that the world will see Jesus in you.

Zechariah 3:3-5 Changing Your Clothes

Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you.” Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by. Zechariah 3:3-5

Joshua was the high priest for the temple of God. He had been living in sin and was covered with filthy clothes. God removed his sin and gave him clean clothes and a clean turban. His life was changed so that he could serve God.

Appearance can often say a lot about a person. The way a person dresses often shows what he is like on the inside. Some are very professional and concerned about their appearance, so they dress in fancy dresses and suits all the time. Others do not care how they look and dress in worn out dirty shirts and jeans with holes.

Although it is not always the reason, often it is because of lack of care in a person’s life that causes them to dress in a poor way.

In the same way, people do not dress their spiritual being in the correct manner. They may go to church and claim a belief in God, but do not live the life of service to God. They choose to follow the ways of this world, living in sin, even while going to church. In this manner they are dressed in filthy clothing.

As with Joshua, he had new clothes and a new turban put on, you also need new clothes and a new turban put on. The new clothes are the righteousness and holiness of Jesus. The turban is in the new mind in Christ, a new way of thinking.

Do not follow the ways of this world, but change your clothing. Put on a new appearance that shows you are a child of God. Show the world that you are a new creation in Christ Jesus. Allow God to dress you up with His clothing, so that the world will see someone who is different.

What does your appearance say about your life today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to clothe you with His righteousness; that you will be a new creation in Jesus; and that the world may know that you serve God.