Man (in) a Tee
As I was getting ready this morning, there was this moment of extreme discomfort; dread even.
First off, it is winter time here in SoCal. And for those of you who don’t know, I love to sleep with the windows open, no matter the temperature outside. Armed with a thin blanket, I hunkered down for the night. As I awoke and peered into the darkness and shuttered in the 45 degree air within my room, the moment where all people dread came near– the transition from your pajamas to your day-clothes.
Yes! The moment where you leave the comfort of your nice warm pajamas for the cold, hard clothes you picked out for the day. I don’t know of any person out there who likes this transition. In fact, most (including myself) would rather just go to work in pjs for the sheer comfort of it all! Why do we even need to dress up for work in the first place?! Sadly, society as a whole does not deem pajamas worthy enough to be called “professional attire.” In our minds, we know that eventually the clothes we changed into will warm up and actually be even warmer and more comfortable than our pjs. So what’s the big deal? It’s that pesky transition period!
So after I gathered enough mental fortitude to actually go through with changing I had a moment of clarity: Changing out from your pjs and into your day clothes is a perfect picture of new creation! Old things have passed away, behold, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17) Do you see it!?
The scary thing about the gospel is that transition period between the old and new self. I get it, I was there too and I am still in transition to a fully realized new self. Before hearing the gospel we have the same feeling of comfort before jumping out of bed in the morning; we are hunkered down under the covers where it is warm and safe. After hearing the gospel, we see a picture of what can be; there are clothes that can be even warmer and more comfortable!
Here’s the thing: we need to get rid of our old selves (pajamas), strip down, and jump into new clothes (work-clothes). There part where we change out of our pajamas is the scariest part, because at the end of it we are left with nothing but ourselves. For most, we are not satisfied with what our pajamas cover up, and the process of changing reveals too much; perhaps things we feel ashamed of. But the beauty of the gospel is that it promises so much more!
Jesus paints this picture where we have new clothes waiting for us; clothes that are better, that have already been warmed by His divine and perfect love for us. The Father’s hope is to call us out from our beds and into the harvest field, where the workers are few. (Luke 10:2). Jesus meant for this initial transition period to be short and sweet. He does not want us to dwell in that shame, uneasiness, or discomfort for very long. Don’t get me wrong; He will bring us back in order that we may be healed from the hurt and pain and suffering, but initially, He just wants us to bask in His warm clothes.
Satan wants us to remain in that shame, and sadly, sometimes, we do. It saddens my heart to see those who have not fully transitioned, who continue to dwell in that shame or pain. And I must admit, I can be one of those people at times. As we walk towards God, He continues to clothes us more and more, and before we even realize, we have changed completely. Behold! A new creation!
There is so much more that I can go into by using this analogy (covenant, dying to oneself, picking up crosses, character development, service, etc), but maybe it will be fleshed out into a future sermon, who knows. I wish to leave you with a series that speaks about this transition period: From Shame to Honor. We still have 2 Sundays left in this series. Feel free to join us for a live experience.
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…You’ve just heard a Cao go moo.