This past week, Kathy and I went to PANERA BREAD in Vacaville one morning to pray and plan. We were both doing our thing in the scriptures. I let out a frustrated sigh and said, "This is ticking me off!". I have been reading about King David and his mighty men and it is very good stuff, but I was getting frustrated trying to figure out who the three were, the thirty were, who the commanders were, the captains, and the chiefs. It was early and I had only had one cup of coffee.
She lovingly looked at me and asked, "What's wrong?" I explained. She then asked very inquisitively, "So, you're mad at the Bible?" "Yes...kind of...it's just confusing me right now". She looks at me, touches my hand gently, looks me in the eyes, and says, "You do know that God wrote that book, right?" I excused myself to go retrieve another cup of coffee.
Then the spirit came upon Amasai, [who was] chief of the captains, [and he said], Thine [are we], David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace [be] unto thee, and peace [be] to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band. (1 Chronicles 12:18 KJV)
The English Standard Version reads, "The Spirit of the Lord clothed Amasai, chief of the thirty..."
What does it look like to be clothed with the Spirit of the Lord? I'm sure we would all look much better dressed in the Holy Spirit! Clothing does several things for us. Clothes cover our imperfections and make us look better. I'm all for covering up this earthly vessel. Clothes protect us from the elements keeping us warm when the world around is is cold and covered when the sun beats down on us. Only in the Garden of Eden would the environment have been gentle enough for this wimp to run around exposed. Clothes also keep this world a lot more um...um...CLEAN! LESS GROSS! We'll just leave it at that.
Being clothed with the Holy Spirit does the same things for us on a spiritual level. When we are clothed with the Holy Spirit our imperfections just don't seem to stand out as bad. They are still there, but the Holy Spirit does such a great job of covering. When we are clothed with the Holy Spirit we are kept warm when the world around us is hot or cold. We are insulated by the Holy Spirit. When we are clothed with the Holy Spirit the world is just a cleaner, less sickening place. God please clothe us today with your Holy Spirit.
What do these clothes look like? Look at Amasai after he is clothed buy the Spirit of the Lord.
- He is COMMITTED, "THINE ARE WE" he says to David. I'm convinced that when people are covered with the Holy Spirit they have no problem being committed. Committed to Christ. Committed to one another. Committed to the Church. Committed!
- He is COOPERATIVE, "On thy side" he tells David. When we are clothed with the Holy Spirit we are willing to work with and for the Lord. We cooperate with Him to fulfill His great commission. Jesus said that we would either be "with him" or "against him".
- He is CONSIDERATE, "Peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers". When people are covered in the Holy Spirit they not only love the KING, they love HIS helpers. John said we CANNOT love God and hate our brothers.
If we want to be mighty men, like the men that helped David ascend to his throne, then we must be clothed with the Spirit of the Lord. Let's all be models of the Holy Spirit's line of clothing!
(Someone just asked if the picture in this post was me without a beard...WHAT? I'm not sure quite how to take that, but for the record it is Ben Stiller's character, Zoolander)