My dad used to always have a mustache (now it’s off and on). One time he shaved half off. I think men who have beards that shave them off look like gumballs. So I guess my dad looked like half a gumball. When I was in elementary school, I had this truly hideous shirt that was blocks of neon colors sewed together. They all converged around my belly button. Let’s say it didn’t help me look any less round than I actually was. I’m really itching for stories about this topic so I’ll just get down to business. 🙂
Leviticus 19:19- Do not wear clothing woven ot two kinds of materials.
Okay, it’s an old law. When Jesus died, He fulfilled it and now we have a new law. So when you read that, you might just say, “Okay, those crazy Israelites couldn’t wear shirts of a cotton/polyester blend.” Well, it goes deeper. Come with me to Jeremiah 7.
Okay, God is really angry because His people aren’t following him.
vs.9- ‘Will you steal and murder, commit adulteryand perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”- safe to do all these detestable things?
They are going out and doing whatever the heck they feel like and then coming and claiming to know and follow God. It sounds ridiculous doesn’t it. You’re probably chuckling to yourself- laughing about how silly that is and those crazy Israelites. Yeah, I’m glad I don’t do that. (complete and utter silence).
Matthew 6:24- No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money (yourself, friends, partying, pride, gossip).
You cannot halfheartedly serve God. You cannot wear your God shirt and your world shirt. You have to choose. Christians do this by choosing the “wrong road” and then coming to church and saying, “Yay! I’m forgiven! (When’s the next party/beer bash/piece of juicy gossip/really slow and bad driver that i can lose my patience with?)” Umm, I’m pretty sure God knows what you’re thinking and true repentance comes from your heart and not from your mouth. We are forgiven but if you aren’t really sorry then what’s the point of asking for forgiveness?? Remember what happens to lukewarm people. It involves God and spit. So this crazy law all the way back in Leviticus is telling us this amazing and very important truth. This week I challenge you to look at what wearing your world shirt entails and I encourage you to rip that half of it off and replace it with an all God shirt. In other words, wear your full mustache and make the whole shirt one crazy throw up neon color.
*goes out to buy a neon shirt* (i always wanted an excuse to do that)
i like the reality in that… we get so caught up in God’s world sometimes that we occaisonally forget about the God part. But the cool part is that he’s always there when we trip over the world’s man made sidewalks and fall in it’s gutters. (i always secretly loved your neon clothing. dad wouldn’t let me wear colors that bright.)
very nice. you’re so insightful