What are you wearing?
At the start of the year I went through my wardrobe and threw out everything that wasn’t ‘me’ - that didn’t reflect the person I am. You know those items that look cool, you bought from some hipster-vintage stall and think one day you might be able to pull off but haven’t quite got around to wearing? I got rid of all the clothes that didn’t fit my style and character, that didn’t reflect who I am.
In Isaiah 61, verse 10 it says:
… my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
What does it mean to be arrayed in a robe of righteousness?
In Hebrew the word used is ‘Tsedaqah’ which means righteousness. However, we need to look at it in context. Here, ‘righteousness’ is not in a sense of ethics, but rather salvation. In Hebrew poetry ideas are expressed through repetition with slightly different wording. The fact that this runs parallel to salvation means we cannot separate the two. The writer is compounding the importance of our salvation. His righteousness and salvation are laid on us. Us who have done nothing to earn it. Us who have done nothing to deserve it. Because of God we are saved.
This is who you are. This is how he sees you. Just how I threw out all my old clothes that weren’t ‘me’, God is inviting you to throw out your old clothes so he can place his robe on you, one which reflects who you are – saved.
This whole passage, Isaiah 61, that we believe God is speaking over a generation – students and young people – is saying that he wants you to be free and to free others.
If you don’t know him, he wants to adorn you with the splendour of salvation. Or, if you are saved, there is a call to more. We don’t just wear our robe of righteousness for us, we wear it for all. We wear it to display the splendour of our God. We wear our robe not to hide our shame, but to display his glory. To display the King - Jesus.
How will you wear your robe? How will you partner with God to dress a generation with the good news that salvation has come, and with it freedom for all?