Reflecting The Light
Clothes represent the person’s spiritual condition with the Lord. If their clothes are dirty, it means that they are still in sin. If their clothes are washed and clean, it means their sins have been forgiven.
1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, with Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The LORD said to Satan: “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! May the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Isn’t this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was dressed with filthy clothes as he stood before the Angel. 4 So the Angel of the LORD spoke to those standing before Him, “Take off his filthy clothes!” Then He said to him, “See, I have removed your guilt from you, and I will clothe you with splendid robes.” -Zechariah 3:1-4
Moses was instructed to tell the people to wash their clothes so that they can draw near to God and experience His presence.
As Christians, we have to make sure that our clothes are always clean. Clothes can also refer to how our conscience is toward the Lord. Having a clear conscience means that we are living according to His righteousness as instructed in the Scriptures. Not having a clear conscience means that we haven’t repented and we are not right in God’s eyes.
We should also have concerns for our brothers who are in the faith. Moses, who was concerned for his kindred, helped them to purify themselves before the Lord. The most loving thing you can do for another believer is to direct him or her back to the truth if they are moving in the opposite direction of God’s Word.
In Proverbs 27:6, it says “The wounds of a friend are trustworthy, but the kisses of an enemy are excessive.”
It will hurt your brother or sister when you correct them, but the wound made will turn out to make them stronger and steadier in the truth. They will thank you later and the Lord will be pleased with you for loving your brothers.
Look out for one another, warning them from the devil’s trap. If indeed they have fallen, reach out and extend your hand to pull them out. Don’t let political correctness prevent you from doing your Christian duty for your brothers and sisters and the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.