Custom Made

So often the Church is portrayed as a factory churning out “Born-again Sally and Sam,” with each one looking like the last one. It saddens me to think people believe this stereotype which is so wrong. God is infinite with His creativity. We can look around and see the sky, the animals, mountains, meadows, oceans, and creeks. He created each one individually. Each one has it’s own color, location, each bird has its own song. Why would we think that He ran out of ideas for the pinnacle of His creation, man and woman?

All we have to do is look at the people in our family to see we are different. My husband has dark brown hair, my sons have blond hair and red hair. My hair color is quickly becoming a silvery white (thank you genetics). While there are similarities, we are each different. When we accept Christ and begin walking with Him, we remain unique.

God’s great blessing of salvation does not mean we become the same. Just ask a few people their story, how did they come to know Jesus? Some were children, some adults, some teens. Some came to know Christ after a loss, after a battle with addiction.

When God wraps us in the clothing of righteousness each garment is custom made. We can no easier wear the righteousness of another person than we could take their place in their family. We wear the clothing made for us, based on our stories, on the ways God met us in our pain and struggle. My story is different than my best friend’s, whose story is different than her coworkers.

Dear One, have you lost sight of who you are in Christ? Have you forgotten that God has covered you with His precious Son’s death and resurrection? The clothing you wear now is because you accepted Christ and He made you clean, whole, new. Let us remember that who we are is true because of who God is to us and in us. May we wear our custom made garments with joy.

I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels
 (Isaiah 61:10).

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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