2 Kings 25:29. And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread continually before him all the days of his life.
Jehoiachin had been in the King of Babylon’s prison for 30 years before the king had mercy and decided to let him out. When he did that, he first changed his prison garments into something that was worthy to be in the presence of a king. When we were in the world, bound in the prison of sin, the first thing the Lord did when he saved you and me was to change our clothes so we would be worthy to be in the presence of a king. You and I were clothed in the rags of sin before we were saved. That clothing of sin was going to take us to hell and destroy our life here on earth. The Lord could get no glory from a life clothed in sin.
Often, when we were little, and we were going someplace to play, we would take a change of clothes; because sooner or later our clothes were going to get dirty. That is us in this world. No matter what, we are going to get dirty from sin and this world. Unfortunately, our parents cannot give us fresh clothes that will clean the sin of the world from us. We need a new garment. We need to be clothed, not in our righteousness, but rather the righteousness of Christ. You cannot just wash your own clothes with the bleach of good works. That will not do. You cannot do enough good to clean up your life. You need new clothes. Cleaning the old ones up just won’t work. The stain is never coming out of them. Kids are notorious for getting stains in their clothes that ruin them permanently. That is how sin wrecks a life.
When you realize what the Lord did for you when he saved you, you will try to live a life worthy of pleasing him and not yourself. You will appreciate the kingly garment he has given you. You will live a life worthy of being a king’s son. The truth of the matter is, the Lord did not just give you a garment, like Jehoaichin received from the King of Babylon; you were elevated above the king’s of this world, you were given bread to eat, and a daily allowance. The Lord promised never to leave or forsake you in this life, or the next. Thank God today for your change of clothes you received when you were saved. There is nothing better than being clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
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