It’s pointless heading out to sea in a suit by Armani. It may have cost a bit and looked pretty sharp on the beach, but out here in the waves it’s really no use. A watersports enthusiast needs to be dressed appropriately, in a wetsuit.
When teenage giant-killer David was invited to the royal court he had ‘nothing to wear’, for he was only a shepherd boy. But the king’s son Jonathan took a liking to David and the two became loyal comrades and friends. We read, ‘Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.’ (1 Samuel 18 v 4)
Old Testament prophet Isaiah likened his experience of God’s grace and mercy to being provided with proper clothes for a wedding, ‘He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness…’ (Isaiah 61 v 10)
Compare some words from the Apostle Paul in the New Testament: ‘that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God…’ (Philippians 3 v 9)
Or again, ‘All of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.’ (Galatians 3 v 27) So when God looks at us He sees us not exposed as sinful and offensive, but suitably presented as forgiven and accepted, more – beloved, in Christ.
To enjoy the thrill of a board in the ocean you need to be dressed in a wetsuit. To have a seat in the royal wedding banquet of heaven you need to be dressed in princely righteousness that is pleasing to the King, which thankfully His Son Jesus provides to all who put their faith in Him.
More next week.