Published by Deborah Negron – Child of God by His mercy and grace.
November 3, 2022
Have you heard the old tale of the Emperor’s new clothes?
It is a story of a king that was known for his arrogance and how he saw himself.
Everyone was beneath him, according to him.
But one day two charlatans came in to their kingdom and these had heard of this kings desire to have new things and how he thought he was the wisest of all.
They presented themselves before that king and told him they were clothes makers form afar and they were able to make clothes that only the wise could see.
The king desirous to have every desire assigned them the taks of making him new clothes. He thought he could see who was wise in his kingdom.
His arrogance was such that he was excited and gave these men gold to ensure they would make the clothes.
These men went away pleased. You see these were men who would make their gain by fooling others.
They pretended to make clothes and and appeared to be creating thread and moving their arms as if they had cloth in their hands.
In the end they told the king that only the truly wise could see the cloth.
The arrogant and foolish king was naked and they pretended to dress him. Telling him how handsome and wise he looked.
This generation has become like this foolish king.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Led by their own impulses and pride they choose myths for their identiites and reject truth. They have been sold rags for gold.
We see it in the stores and on the runways.
That which is ripped and tattered and damaged is sold for a high price. And just like that arrogant king, this generation is being fooled to dress like slaves rather than those who live in the free world.
Democracy is when everyone having a say and just choose what is best for the greater good. It is a collective effort to better a society and a state.
Today, we have lost the meaning of this word.
Now we have to accept every foolish idealogy and accept every irrational lie as if, it was truth. Negating biology and physiology totally, we run with what the main stream is promoting, as sheep without a Shepherd.
The Bible puts it this way.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
The Bible tells us that we are loved by God. We are cherished and he desires to clothe us in righteousness. That is he wants to make us different not only on the outward appearance but on the inside.
I remember going with my Dad to the prisons back in the day. Daddy was a Chaplain and he would take my younger btother and myself with him. Mom would dress us very well. She would press our clothes and have us rehearse each song and then tell us that our position in God was to shine the light of Jesus with our talents. We would pray and prepare our hearts.
We were told that our eyes would see btoken men. Men who had made poor choices and we were prepared to look at then knowing they might appear broken and angry and hurt.
I remeber how Dad would preach in both English and Spanish. He would tell them of the love of God and hiw Christ had died to set them free from sin. He todl them that Christ had paid the highest price for their redemption. Regardless of their past, God loved them. Jesus had died for them to be set free from sin. He then told them that Jesus begins to change us on the inside and that the evidemce of it would be seen on the outside too.
I also recall walking with my Daddy to church and on several occasions, Dad would stop and give money to beggars on the street. One time he went and bought food for a man and spoke to him about how the Lord would transfrom his life and save him. Some time later, that man, who had been wearing ripped and tattered clothes, was unrecognizable.
We saw this clean cut well dressed man. His face was the same, but he appeared to be completely changed. His sadness was not there. His eyes gleamed as he greeted Dad.
We learnd to have compassion for the beggars. We could identify them when we saw them.
Today, we cannot tell who the beggars are. But there are for more who are blinded by a world system that seeks to take away their dignity.
This goes far beyond a dress code. This is the evidence of a generation that has totally deviated from what is good.
Rebellion fools the young to believe they have claimed a bargain when they have bought but a beggars clothes.
The enemy has stolen the identity of people. He wants us to look and dress and becomes poor.
I believe the gospel transforms folks completely. In poor countries where missionaries have come and soread the love of God, there has been an increase in education snd produxtion of goods and industrial growth and that society has become blessed by the impact God has made.
I recall going to Vera Cruz with a Missionary team from a wonderful church I had the privilege of being a part of, many years ago.
I have witnessed with my own the level of human degradarion. The poor conditions of these beautiful people suffering and living under sheer darkness. I saw with my own eyes how over the coursd of several years, the Gospel was brought to an impoverished people and how they have thrived. I have seen a community built up by the power of God’s love. A tiny poor structure is now a wonderful building in a place that once only a place of poverty.
The tattered the Lord came to dress. The poor he came to makr rich in the knowledge of God’s love. Sin makes us all beggars. Christ sets us free.
We are to be embassadors of hope. The embassadors from one country go to another with a distinct apparel. They come with the authority granted to them by their own government.
When we come to Christ Jesus we have come into His Kingdom. We are joint heirs with Christ. We are more than just mere people.
The Apostle Peter put it this way.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9
When we come to Jesus there is not only what happens on the inside. The forgiveness of our sin and the becoming born again is the first step. Then others will begin to see the difference on the outside too.
Dont settle for rags. God has given us the riches of his love and mercy and grace.
No more Beggars but Adopted Children is what we become.
When my mother was very young, she told us about the poverty she grew up in. She lived in a very dark place where people werre evil and there was High crime rates. She witnessed how men would become angry and beat other men to death. She encountered days ehere there was very little to eat. Perhaps a piece of bread and a cup of coffee. She tells of when her mom came to know Christ and hiw wonderful life became.
Though very poor, she recalls them wearing their Sunday best. It may not have been very fancy. But it was pressed and clean and her mother reminded her of how they had become the children of God. Their home was poor but in impecable order. Her mother made sure the children grew up knowing God loved them and that they were precious in His sight. This gave them a sense of belonging and purpose. My mothers father had left the home and abandoned the family. But my Mom says she was at peace knowing God was her Heavenly Father. This gave her a sense of self worth and her identity as a child of God made her strong enough to grow and change and understand she was a person of value, because Christ had loved her enough to die on the cross for her to be forgiven of sin.
Not a beggar but a saint. Not lost but found. Not forsaken but delivered.
Oh, I pray I communicated this well enough. Jesus loves you with an everlasting love. His desire is that you know you can become a child of God.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:9
Look in the Mirror, I pray you see the precious life God has deposited in you. I pray you will know your worth and give your life to Jesus.
Then the evidence of who He is will be seen in you too.
This was a great read! Thank you!