Praying with Paul…“That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing…” (Col. 1:10a)My translation: We need the knowledge, wisdom and understanding Paul spoke of in verse 9 to live a life that tells the true worth of the Lord we serve, fulfilling His purpose in creating us… bringing Him pleasure.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; for thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:11).
The truth that we can bring the all -powerful, all-knowing, self-existent One, pleasure is mind boggling. Before we can walk worthy of the Lord and be pleasing to Him, we must be dressed for the occasion. What’s in your closet?
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garmetns, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” “And he(Adam) said, I heard thy voice(God’s) in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.”(Rev. 16:17; Gen. 3:10; Matt. 22;11-13). Walking naked in the Revelation passage means receiving of the same judgement as Babylon. For Adam, he was cast out of the garden. And for the wedding guest, “Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
We were all born in nakedness, exposure of our sinful self before the all-seeing Creator. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God:” Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Rom. 3:23: 5:12). “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” (Isa. 64:6). That’s the bad news. The good news? God purchased us a whole new wardrobe, beginning from the inside out.
“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.”(Zech. 3:4).
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”(Ezek. 36:26,27).
To receive this new heart Jesus says, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh: And that which is born of the Spirit is spirit….Ye must be born again.”(John 3:3,5-6).
Now our heavenly Father begins to dress us according to the “newness of life”. “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for 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). “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Rev. 19:7,8).
This new wardrobe of salvation and righteousness cannot be bought with money or good works. It is a gift purchased with the blood of God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28).
Take a look in your closet. Are you dressed with the world’s mind, the world’s riches, garments stained with sin or are your garments made of white linen, which is your righteousness in Christ? One will fade and turn to dust, leaving you naked. The other will keep you walking worthy of your Lord, pleasing Him and entering into His joy that is yours now and forever.
Heavenly Father, may we, your children, the church of Jesus Christ, live before you bringing you honor and glory. May we please you in all we are and do. May we walk in your purity and holiness before a lost world. Amen.
May those dressed in fine linen gather this weekend and rejoice in our new clothes, praying for one another and those still walking in nakedness. Hope to see you Monday and continue our prayer journey for the church of Christ.