The Joy of New Clothes
On Monday a little boy came to school with brand new clothes on. This boy is one of the nicest kids you could ever meet. Granted, he says some things that are hilariously inappropriate like what he said to a lady who helps out in the classroom, “You know for an old lady, you are pretty cool.” Obviously, this boy wasn’t meaning to say that she was old. He was trying to communicate just how cool she really was. Okay, I am off on a tangent, let me get back on topic….
So, this youngin’ comes in and he has a grin from ear to ear because of his new clothes. He is excited to show them off. He lives with his grandmother, and they do not have a lot of money to buy things that other’s take for granted, like new clothes. As this boy was showing off his new shoes to the other kids, I was touched. I am clothed with the salvation of God, and often, I am not as excited about that as this young man was about his new clothes. Isaiah 61:10 says this:
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
God has clothed his people in the garments of salvation and righteousness, and I go to work failing to recognize this truth in my life. I go to work and act like a ‘nice guy’ instead of acting like a redeemed son of the living God. Often, I will have an apathetic look on my face because some students have decided to test my patience. All the while, knowing that I should have a smile on my face because of God’s patience towards me. This has challenged me to not be happy for the sake of being happy, but to be joyful for the sake of Christ.
And just like that little boy in my classroom challenged me, I challenge everyone reading this, to rejoice in God for the new clothes he has given to those who love him.
Thanks for reading.