Dress for Success

“Then He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at is right side to accuse him. The LORD said to Satan, ‘The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?’ Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before Him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then He said to Joshua, ‘See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you'” (Zechariah 3:1-4).

Ever wonder what it looks like when we come before the Lord? Satan is accusing; the Lord is defending; and, Joshua looks pretty helpless. He’s the high priest, but it’s not priestly garments that the Lord sees. It’s the filthy garment of his sin.

You’ve heard it said that clothes make the man and to dress for success. Have you thought about that as being clothed with sin or righteousness? We’ll dress nice for church or a date with our wife or someone we want to be our wife. We’ll dress nice for a job interview. We’ll put on our scent blocker clothes for hunting or our team’s jersey while we watch the game. But, how are you dressed when you pray? Are you dressed for success? We can dress ourselves in pride and pretend we are all right before God, but our sin is going to be the first thing He sees. God is holy and pure. He said be holy because I am holy.

If we come before him wearing our sin and think of it as no big deal, should we be surprised if it seems like He doesn’t hear us? Isaiah 59:2 says, “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that He will not hear.”

Men, in our own strength we are helpless before almighty God. So, if we want Him to hear us and help us, we are going to have to dress for success. That is to put on Christ–to ask for and accept His forgiveness and grace and to know that that is the only garment acceptable before God. God’s team jersey has the name of Jesus on the back.

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