One Thing We Must Wear

One Thing We Must Wear

Swim suit shopping! What. A. Pain. I avoid it like the plague. Would someone please install warm dim lighting in dressing rooms instead of the pale white fluorescent headlights that make women look like the blood has drained from their bodies? If you choose to take up this task, I will personally knight you into sainthood! It’s humiliating enough to squeeze into these stomach-flattening-core-defining spandex tubes; it would be nice to have some favorable lighting.

Luckily, we don’t have to wear a swimsuit everyday but what we put on in the morning matters. It often reveals how we feel. It may reflect what we think of ourselves. It tells who we are and whose we are.

Our King offers us a covering of dignity and honor. It is a layer we must not fail to forget to put on.

I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness (Is. 61:10).

I’m not sure about you but it is more likely that I put on feelings of failure, defeat, or dread. The challenge is this becomes how we see ourselves and can become how we think God sees us too.

Isaiah 61:10 speaks to the contrary.

Each morning when we wake we need to remind ourselves we are wrapped in the righteousness of God. What does righteousness mean? It means we are right in the eyes of God, that we are justified before him. Though we are imperfect humans because of our faith, we are covered by the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. Though we are stained red with sin, when God looks at us he sees white washed purity, he sees the righteousness Christ died to give.

I know this is hard to comprehend but if God saw us as any less than righteousness, it would rob Jesus of the significance of his sacrifice.

So let us be overwhelmed with joy and underwhelmed with guilt. Let us put on our robe of salvation and see our reflection of righteousness in our Savior’s eyes.

Restore

  • What beliefs did you put on this morning? By default, did you dress yourself with thoughts of failure, defeat, or worthlessness?
  • What was your first reaction to the realization that you are “draped in a robe of righteousness”? Do you struggle to believe this truth for yourself? If so, why?
  • God see us as what we are, not as what we aren’t. How can this perspective change how we see ourselves? Fill in the blank: I am ______. Journal all the truths of who you are that you have learned so far in this study.

Rehearse

  • Maybe it has nothing to do with this lesson or everything to do with it. What lie do you need to take off and what truth do you need to put on today?
  • How can you clothe another with words of dignity and honor today? Give it a try.

King of all Kings, you dress your daughters in royal robes of your Son’s righteousness. You see us for what we are and whose we are! Allow our eyes to be opened to see ourselves as you do! Love, Your Daughters

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About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.