“And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” (Rev. 6:11)
I’m curious, when was the last time you went downtown in your robe, attended a business meeting or went to visit some friends in a robe? Ever gone to church wearing one? No, probably not, I’m going to guess, I’m going to presume that the closest would be a female wearing a long dress is what you have worn or seen in public, unless you live in certain parts of the Middle East.
We want to conform to the world, whether we will admit it or not, even down to the attire we wear, we want to fit in, and if we do not, then, well, we stand out in the crowd, don’t we. I would ask you to contemplate something here today, sin is not something that we can see visibly with our eyes, what we see is the actions of individuals composing and then enacting sin. Sin, as love is, is an action, willful disobedience to the will of the Most High, yet not in visible forms only, “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen. 6:5)
You may think of it as the air that surrounds this planet if you will, invisible yet permeating everything, ever present, always unavoidable. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1st John 1:8)
Our responsibility as those who have been born-again is to recognize sin, to be able to discern between what is good in the eyes of the living God and what is evil in His eyes, and this cannot be done, in fact is impossible for us without the Holy Spirit. “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” (Romans 3:20)
Yet the law given to Moses, not those imposed upon the people by the Pharisees of the days Christ walked the earth, not even those imposed upon countless millions by religious organizations, whether Evangelical or works-based cults, but those written by the Holy Spirit in our hearts. These are not the moral constructs of man, religious or otherwise, these righteousness’s are from the Lord, and show us what is good, pure and holy in His sight.
Wearing a white robe here in most nations will cause you to stand out in the crowd, but it will not make you holy, behaving in a Christlike manner will. The problem, if you will, is that many who profess to serve the Lord act in this way, yet their hearts are far from Him, they will only wear that robe if everyone else does.
How many pastors have you met and seen that, if you did not know they were a pastor, or at least shall we say hold the title of one, you could not tell from a businessman on Sunday morning? How many have you seen wearing some form of a robe or other covering on Sunday morning that is meant to set them apart in the eyes of those in attendance? Sin my friends either wants you to fit into the crowd or set you apart from it for your own vainglory.
This short letter is not about the dress code you should attain to, but the attire of your heart. Tell me, are you going to feel comfortable in heaven in your robe because everyone else is wearing one, or will your eyes still be fixed on the Savior?