Devotion for Friday, May 3, 2024

And why are you worried about clothing? Notice how the lilies of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin thread for cloth, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these” (Matthew 6:28-29).

Have you noticed how fashions are always changing?  The purpose of clothing is both for modesty and coverage for weather.  That’s it.  But how we love to make frills and changes.  Clothing is fine, but remember that Jesus left behind one thing that others wanted, his heavy outer garment.  Clothing is just a covering.  What is on the inside?  That is what Jesus is interested in.

Lord, help me to understand that You have come so that we may have life here, now, and forever,  You have created life to be lived in a certain way and we are not living that way.  You have come to teach us the way of everlasting life.  The rich and the poor wear clothing.  As long as it does its job, it really makes no difference.  Help me to come to the place where this is true for me.

Lord Jesus, you know the things I have coveted.  You know where I have been enticed into fashions and trends.  This world is always tugging at me.  Lead me deep in my soul to be functional and not tempted by the trends of society.  Guide me to be one who looks to You first always and for all things. Lead me to invest in the true wealth of Your presence, purpose, and power.  Amen.