Good Morning Brothers…
I love to hunt other places. I like to see new ground and experience different forest sounds. The newness and crispness of fresh sights and sounds wakes up my buried hunting senses and sets them to a tingling. As much as I enjoy being in new places, traveling to those places can be arduous. Saying that, the Denver airport in September is a marvelous place. The Denver airport is the gateway to the west for all things hunting. Wherever you are going, whatever you may be hunting, whenever you are arriving…more than likely your connection is through Denver. The gates and the concourses are filled with men and women wearing camouflage (including me). Why we are wearing camouflage is open to discussion. Their are practical reasons which involve extra fees for checked bags and so forth. No point in trying to find room for clothes which are only worn in the airports, might as well wear our gear coming and going. Their are also identity reasons for our attire. We are identifying ourselves as a “hunter” who is either returning from, or traveling to an adventure involving weapons, wild animals, and dangers of many kind. It is an invitation for a discussion. A greeting, to the others so adorned, that hunting stories are available here to be swapped, traded, and told. In fact, I could say, that we wear camouflage in the airports because we are actively hunting our own. We seek the friendship and comfort of each other.
It’s funny…the design of our camouflage is all about attention. When hunting, we wear camouflage in order for the animals attention NOT to be on us. When traveling, we wear camouflage in order for peoples attention TO be on us. Their is an oxymoronic aspect to all of this. When staying hidden is achieved…often times death is the result. When attracting attention is achieved…often times life is shared. Paul says in Romans 13:14, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts” and in Galatians 3:27, “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.”
Paul is imploring us to be clothed in Christ. More than that, Paul is telling us that we are clothed in Christ. After we are baptized into Him, after we have died to self and have chosen to live a life following Christ…then we are clothed in Christ. We wear the characteristics and attributes of Jesus Christ. This doesn’t mean we wear a bracelet with a Bible verse on it, or wear a cross around our neck, or a T-shirt with the name of our church on it. This means we wear righteousness. This means we wear faithfulness. This means that we wear joy, peace, compassion, and love. We wear these things because we are these things. This means we make no provision, or make no time, for the things of the flesh…because those things are dead to us because they are dead to Christ.
“I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:10-11
We rejoice in the Lord (Hallelujah) because He has caused righteousness and praise to spring up in us (Holy – Holy). We wear our garment of salvation and our robe of righteousness as a matter of course (God Almighty). We wear these things because to NOT wear them is unconscionable (The Great I AM). We wear the clothing given to us because of the One who gave (Who is worthy, none besides Thee). We wear these garments because we are grateful (God Almighty). We were designed and created for this purpose, to radiate God’s love and compassion back to Him (The Great I AM).
God, in all of His infinite wisdom, made these garments available to us through His Son…because we needed it. We were not going to receive salvation, with out His Son footing the bill. In 2 Corinthians 5:21 it says, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Let me restate that verse within the context of clothing:
“God clothed His eternally righteous Son, in the garments of our filth, for our benefit; so that we may have an ‘easier to understand’ opportunity to reflect back the same eternal righteousness of His Son.”
Christ’s atoning work on the cross of Calvary is easier for us to understand because it happened in our past instead of our future. The garment of Christ we wear, is only available to us because Christ chose to switch clothes with us. Our clothes should radiate Christ. We should GLOW with love, with mercy, with compassion, with joy. Much like the camouflage we wear while hunting, if we stay hidden so attention is diverted from us…often times death is the result. If we GLOW with the supernatural light of Christ and let attention fall on us…often times life is the result.
The danger here is our focus. Do we focus on the GLOW of our clothes…or do we focus on the source of the GLOW? Wherever our work for the kingdom takes us, whatever that work may be, whenever we may be answering the call to GO…Jesus is our gateway. Although we notice the GLOW in others, we also recognize that all connecting flights to kingdom work…are in Jesus Christ…in Him alone. What a marvelous sight it is, to see so many brothers and sisters answering God’s call and wearing the garments of salvation and the robes of righteousness.
Hallelujah, Holy – Holy, God Almighty, The Great I AM…Who is worthy, none besides Thee, God Almighty, The Great I AM!!!!!!!