“3:10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.” (Lk. 3:10-11)
Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Once again, I have been away for a long while and, once again, I apologize! (Don’t be deceived. My constant apologies in this blog have absolutely nothing to do with my levels of humility. Here I need your constant prayers!)
Now, back to today’s lesson. I start it off with a provocative question: How many clothes does a child of God really need to own?
Fortunately for everyone reading this post I have the answer right here with me. According to the Bible, you need just one. If you have two garments the Bible commands you to give the excess one to someone who doesn’t have any.
Judging by the size of our wardrobes, I believe we can be the best judges of whether we are living up to the Word of God or not. God is not against us owning more than one dress; but would you be willing to reduce it for the sake of a needy brother? Not to ask if you would give them the best you have!
But the greatest lesson that we learn from the words of John here is the great price we need to pay for the Kingdom’s sake. We need to learn to deny our flesh many things in order to enter into the Kingdom of God.
I am aware that there are many believers today who are not ready to agree with a message such as this. They will scoff at it because they have been taught, and they believe in material prosperity.
But John the Baptist, and even Jesus Himself, lived up to an austere lifestyle. John came dressed in a “garment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins.” (Mat. 3:4)
The Bible tells only of the one garment that our Lord Jesus had, the one that the soldiers cast lots over. He may have had other clothes but I doubt it was more than just the bare necessary.
I myself need to reduce and reduce my wardrobe. There are so many people in need!
To BE the will of God precedes anything I do — ‘For I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ God values my motive over my action.