|Are you weather-proof?|
I was hoping to get a spring coat but this past week, the weather went through the four seasons of the year! An ALL-WEATHER COAT would have been the ideal thing. Could you imagine having to carry different types of coats for each season around with you everywhere you went? So, it's sunny and you feel happy and put on your bright yellow coat but when it's overcast, the dull grey coat comes on the scene. In other words, what you look like is determined by the weather! It sounds funny, almost ridiculous to imagine that anyone would do this, doesn't it?
Now, let's compare this situation with the life of a christian. Sunday is 'Holy day', so the cheerful attitude is on display. On Monday, it's a grey day and the very thought of having to go to work puts a downer on everything else! Tuesday is a red letter day - the bills are due and the monthly income is not due to be paid for another week or so: Welcome 'Gloom'! Wednesday should be better and it was, until the neighbour's dog jumped on you and got mud all over your work clothes. Now you have to go and get changed and run the risk of being late for work - again! Thursday is pre-Friday so, your mood is lighter - it's almost Friday! Roll on Friday! Thank God it's Friday!! It's time to let down your hair, for those who can ;)) and yes, you've got it - relax! Everything else can wait - you deserve to rest!
Okay brothers and sisters, let's get real and I'm addressing 'me' too! The question now is, when is the real 'you' and 'me', (pardon my grammar), ever going to be seen? When is your coat going to be that of righteousness and not of worldliness? Everyday of the week presents an excuse to exhibit worldly attitudes but when are you going to put on your ALL-WEATHER COAT meant to weather every storm the world may throw at you? This coat is NOT just for protecting you but also for exhibiting you. You are on show for the world to see and the world would certainly like to know if your action matches your profession!
Keeping negative emotions under wraps is not the easiest thing and I should know! Being in Christ does not stop you having problems but helps you handle problems better. There is a constancy we need to have, a steadfastness we need to show, that is not just about faith confession but character transformation. If there were ever a coat that needed to be put on and permanently kept on, it would be one of steadfastness - not in what we are expecting but in whom we have become. This all-weather coat is one of righteousness; being right with God and being right in God through Jesus Christ and it is what identifies us as belonging to God. This coat simply says - not me but God, not my will but his will, not by my power but by his Spirit, not my effort but his grace, not deserved but still given, not qualified but still honoured, not able but in and through Christ my Lord, I weather every storm yet looking unweathered, I go through deep waters yet not overwhelmed and through fire, yet not consumed (Is 43:2).
No matter the weather or the season, your coat of righteousness needs to be on you 24 hours a day. You need it to walk with God; it's your status symbol for who you have become - in Christ! So, keep it on through every season; this coat of righteousness can weather ALL storms! Till next week, keep on walking in Christ!
Funmi Akinmade (Lahyorz)
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