I woke up today thinking about the Bible verse that says “Be dressed and ready for service and keep your lamps burning…” (Luke 12:35 NIV).
As I thought about what I need to get dressed up for, I read a little further in the chapter. Words like “be ready to open the door for your Master when he knocks”, “be on the alert” and “gird yourselves to serve”. The Master the parable referred to was Jesus, the Son of Man who is coming at an hour we don’t expect.
Am I dressed? Am I ready? What shall I put on? Do I spend as much time thinking about these questions from a spiritual standpoint as from a physical one?
Still pondering, I turned to:
Revelation 19:7-9 (NASB)
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for 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. Then he said to me, ‘Write, blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God’”.
I’m to put on fine linen…bright…clean… representing righteous acts of the saints.
Bright, as in the light of Christ.
Clean, as in the cleansing from sin.
Hmmm. How often do I back down from righteous behavior for fear of being called self-righteous or holier than thou?
But there is a different kind of righteousness. The kind Christ followers exude without even trying. Righteousness that appears as bright lanterns of light overflowing into the lives of others.
Fruit of God’s Spirit that is as real as the bowl of fruit sitting on my table…providing nourishment to ourselves and other believers as we stay close to the Vine.
Lord Jesus, help me get dressed so that if today is the day you return, I will be ready. Thank you that I, and all of Your Church, are the Bride you are coming for. Thank you for choosing me, and for giving me an open invitation to the marriage supper and for the promise to live eternally with You. As your beloved, help me put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Give me forgiveness and above all, help me put on love, the perfect bond of unity (Colossians 3 NASB)
Repurposed Faith: Breathing New Life into Your Quiet Time By Rosie J. Williams. Watch for it in the fall of 2016!