For nearly fifty years I’ve folded clothing in exactly the same way. It’s always been done that way from the beginning, my mother and her mother and her mother before her used the exact same method. It is how I learned to fold and I follow the exact same process and produce the exact same results. What then caused me to look at what I was doing and seek out a new way, a way that allows for every article including the smalls to be seen? Everything already fitted into the wardrobe (closet) and nothing to my eyes seemed out of place. I can close the door if I choose and find things when needed. So why change?
Simply I wanted to fill it more. With what? you may ask. New things, currently undiscovered things! My old things still have plenty of life in them although they are well worn. I question; Wouldn’t it be wise to just discard them to clear space?
And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing? – Matthew 6:28-31 NASB
You see I know my closet is actually God’s closet. God has many garments, coats and mantles He’s had hidden In the forgotten recesses of my built-in closet.
We as His Church often mimic that wardrobe. We have deep shelving along either side, hanging space in the middle and storage above that goes all the way to the ceiling. Inside the closet, everything is arranged in order of preference from used often to used only once in a while. When items aren’t used they are cast aside and eventually discarded. Throughout Gods word, we see examples of how God has clothed His people since His original garments covering Adam and Eve were stripped away revealing their nakedness (Genesis 3:21).
Jacobs use of Garments to manipulate the blessings of the first born’s rights. (Genesis 27:15,16).
We see Joseph given a coat of many colours that sets in motion a greater destiny. (Genesis 37:3).
We learn that God removes garments for rebellion and places them on another in Numbers 20:28.
Elijah calls his student Elisha, by throwing his cloak on him. (1 Kings 19:19).
On Elisha’s graduation, we see him picking up Elijah’s cloak now being clothed with a double portion of the mantle or works Elijah carried. (1 Kings 11: 30-33).
Esther put on Royal Robes called for ‘such a time as this’. She obtains favour and enters the courts of the King. (Esther 5:1-2)
Jesus called his disciples to follow him and they cast off their previous lives to put on new clothes. Read Paul’s account in Galatians. NB: Galatians 3:27 speaks of being clothed with Christ.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of joy above Your fellows. All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad. – Psalm 45:7-8. NASB
There’s going to come a time when we will shed all that’s within our closet and step into new garments; garments chosen by our Heavenly Father He has many mantles and is creative in how he clothes us. Read 1:26-29, If you feel like your sitting in the deep recesses of the closet untouched, the solution is to be repaired by the Holy Spirit ready to be repurposed and selected in Gods time. Wait on Him till you receive power from on high (Luke 24:49.) God’s not done with you yet. Read: John 15:14-17
PRAYER: Heavenly Father thank you for all that you make known to us. Help us to be strengthened by your word, prepare our hearts to hear you when you call. When we find ourselves disappointed discouraged and of no use may we be reminded that we safely in your closet. may you repair and repurpose us for service in your kingdom. Amen.
SONG: You Won’t Let Go by Michael W. Smith – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRb_NIQTzyA