You know that sinking feeling when you are dressing for a big day and upon opening your drawer, you realize you have no clean underwear? I would far rather be stuck wearing dirty underwear than be caught in a mistruth or doing something that casts a shadow on the name of my Jesus.
So where are you taking this? You may ask. I have been thinking about the gritty day to day stuff that is the foundation of who I am. My motives, my attitudes, my thought patterns. The Bible talks a fair bit about character as clothing and the importance of dressing right for life. It determines how people see us, and how we navigate life. How we act when everyone or no one is watching and the attitude in which we do even “all the right stuff.”
The definition of righteousness is:
The thing is, I can’t be righteous on my own. Its not about being “good enough” or even doing “all the right stuff.” Its about identifying with and abiding in Jesus moment by moment, day by day. Jesus made me righteous, and then I must live out my life in that righteousness.
Job, the one God tells Satan is blameless says this:
Everything I did was honest. Righteousness covered me like a robe, and I wore justice like a turban. (Job 29:14)
Isaiah prophesies about the Messiah – our role model saying:
He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. (Isaiah 11:5)
I am learning that doing what is considered the “good Christian things” is empty and gets me nowhere if I don’t have the undergarments of truth and and the robes of righteousness as a foundation.
The catch is that I can’t don these crucial garments without abiding in the One who supplies them. Jesus is the Truth and only in Him am I found righteous. It doesn’t matter what others think or say, it only matters what He thinks and what He says. I can only know what He thinks and says through knowing the Word of God and intimacy with Jesus through His Spirit. Without a belt, one may well find themselves with their pants around their ankles, and without underwear… well you follow my drift.
People of integrity can be hard to find, and yet, it is the foundation of any healthy relationship. It is also the basis we build our witness on. Everything I do should be done fully clothed and with my underwear on whether it be a business deal, an interaction with a stranger, words I speak to my family or words spoken under my breath.
Have you been to the throne room yet today? Have you checked your undergarments lately?
But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17)