Attend a Veteran’s Day church service, the sort where the veterans of America’s multiple military branches are involved in the service.
You’ll be amazed at how many of our military veterans can either still fit into their uniforms, or willingly invest in a new uniform they can put on to display their pride in having served our country.
One thing every veteran does, no matter the branch from which they hail, is attach their awards and ribbons from their military service.
Service ribbons? Check.
Good conduct medals? Check.
Meritorious commendation? Check.
We cheer our veterans’ pride in their service to our country.
What does God want us to show off for our service to him?
Isaiah 61:10 says:
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
Let’s look at the two awards God wants us to show off.
Award No. 1: “He has clothed me with the garments of salvation.”
Let’s cheer for ourselves. This is an award we want front and center. Shout about it. Tell everyone you see. This is the best award anyone can claim.
Award No. 2: “He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.”
Whoop! Whoop! We are dressed in the uniform of our faith, and we can proudly say, “We are made clean through the blood of Christ!”
When we show up on Sunday mornings, let’s puff out our chests in pride. Let’s say, “We are saved, we are righteous in Christ, and we want everyone to know.”
We have bragging rights in our Lord. He’s our commendation that we ought to show off every day.
Our salvation should fill us with the boldness of the Lord.
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