When I hear the word “clothed” today, lots of things come to my mind. Interestingly, however, my thoughts have differed quite substantially over the years where the meaning of this word is concerned.
As a young child, being clothed simply meant that I had some sort of article of clothing on my body and wasn’t running around the house fresh out of the tub wearing only my birthday suit! In those days, it didn’t matter if I matched, had holes in my shoes, was wearing muddy play clothes or my Sunday best … clothes were just that, clothes.
As I grew and became a teenager, being clothed no longer meant just throwing something on. Oh no, everything had to match. And the brand name … yes, it mattered, A LOT! I would search high and low for the “in” brands and styles … Guess jeans, Reebok high tops, super-white Keds, a black Members Only jacket, and at least two or three Swatch watches were a must for any kid of the 80s!
When I entered adulthood, the brand didn’t seem to matter so much and I quickly became a pro at dressing myself nice on a fairly limited budget. A few years after I married, babies came and clothing them reached a whole new level of insanity. It suddenly became acceptable to grab whatever was on sale and/or looked halfway decent for me so that my little ones could be dressed to the nines. It was an absolute must that they always look undeniably adorable … monograms and smocking? Yes please! I was willing to make any sacrifice necessary to ensure my children were taken care of and had the best of everything, including clothes!
As my children grew, the importance of dressing them in the latest and greatest began to take a backseat to ensuring they were clothed with the truths of God’s Word! Dressing them up was so much fun, but their salvation and them having a personal relationship with the Lord was imperative!
Just as my Father longed for many years to clothe me in His righteousness, I too wanted that for my children. Isn’t it funny how our priorities change when we become mothers and how we begin to see through our Heavenly Father’s eyes to gain a little bit of perspective? I rejoiced as I had the privilege of witnessing each of my children profess Christ as their Savior and make it public through a baptismal experience.
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. ~ Isaiah 61:10 (NIV)
My children are now 19 and 17 and I praise Him each day that they are His! Clothed today has a whole new meaning for me as my focus in this season of life is walking out a godly example daily, not only before my kids but also before each person the Lord has placed in my path. There are many days I feel that I fall very short of the mark; however, it’s in those moments the Lord gently reminds me that I am created in His image. When I said “yes” to His knock at my heart’s door, I was instantly covered with the veil of His blood so that I can stand blameless before God. This fact is true for each and every believer, and although we may not feel we are righteous, virtuous, or “dressed to the nines,” we can rest assured Jesus went to the cross for each one of us so that we could be clothed in His righteousness and holiness.
Walk confidently today in the assurance that YOU are perfect in your Father’s eyes and wear your crown like the princess you are, worthy of the calling He has placed before you … clothed with strength and dignity, just as His word proclaims!
You are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Amber Edwards began Blessing Bag Ministry, affording her numerous opportunities to share her love for the Lord with many lost and hurting. A native of Birmingham and Huffman High School, Amber is happily married with two teens and working as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal. She enjoys leading women’s small groups and serving as Captain of the Events Team at her church. Her true passion is for others. Read Ambers BoP bio here.