Friday, May 9, 2008

Having a Fit

If we are not careful to plan ahead, we can invite distraction during ministry. Crying babies, ringing cell phones, and sound system glitches have happened to most movement ministers who have labored for a significant amount of time. The Spirit of the Lord can move beyond the distractions and cause them to work together for good. We must not be anxious regarding anything that would attempt to hinder us.

If our garments are ill-fitting, they can serve as a distraction and a danger. Weight loss can result in pants and skirts that are too long, shoulder-slippage (and possible undergarment exposure), falling pants (dare we say it?), and potential danger of falling over excess material. On the opposite end, extremely tight garments can rip (causing embarrassement) or hinder our range of motion. Just as we rehearse dance movements on a regular basis, we must inspect how the garment "fits" into the big picture.

An experienced tailor or seamstress can make alterations when adjustments are needed. There may even come a time for new garments to be purchased when safety or excessive wear indicates the need for change. Let us always be watchful and never take for granted the little things that can trip us up.

Exodus 28:42 (NKJV)
And you shall make for them linen trousers to cover their nakedness; they shall reach from the waist to the thighs.

2 Corinthians 5:2-4 (NKJV)
For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life.

Revelation 3:18 (NKJV)
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Revelation 16:15 (NKJV)
“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

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