So my instagram account is pik386 (shameless plug) and this is actually my second one as my initial account of Squirtlesaur09 has been done away with for a story that will be explained at another time. I had a decent amount of followers on this account and my followers increased quite a bit when I was somehow associated with my internet famous relative. When people caught wind of my relationship to him, I started seeing all these random people following me and I realized the power of association; the power of being in a relationship or seen as a person who is close to a known celebrity.
Association or connection can either bring good or bad things depending on the emotion or thoughts that spark it. If someone associates you with a negative thought or memory, than regardless if you did anything good or bad wouldn’t matter because you are attached to a negative event and thus may receive shade regardless if it is deserved or not. The same thing happens the other way as well where a positive association may get you famous overnight for no reason and we must know today the power of the people we know and are connected with whether for good or bad.
The temptation of today’s passage is to focus on the loin cloth too much without realizing the explanation that God gives later in the passage. This is what the LORD says the loincloth metaphor explains:
“Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is good for nothing.”
Israel’s purpose was to cling unto the LORD in an intimate way in that they were to be close to the heart of God so that they function in their purpose of being His representatives here on earth. The loincloth has been described to be made of linen which represents the material that the priests were to wear and thus Israel as a whole were to be minister’s and revelators of God’s presence on earth but failed to do that due to their stubbornness of being in sin. As they failed to live to their purpose and refused to come back to their purpose, the LORD has deemed that they have become useless like the soiled linen loincloth.
What God states after his judgment is what the Israelites have sadly forfeited for things that do not benefit them in the long run:
“For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.”
Israel’s purpose was found in God and through association with God they were going to benefit as they were going to be in the midst of His glory! What does this mean? As my association with my cousin brought minor glory and an increase in popularity, when we the people of God are rightly are associated with Him, we will see the glory of God, the Kingdom of God, and the face of God shine forth through us and therefore what we see is what the people around us will see in us. It says in Romans 8:17, that we are co-heirs with Christ in that there will come in time when Christ comes back that we shall not only receive our glorious heavenly bodies but be people who reign with God in the restored earth!
I know that when we live for Christ now that “glory” may not be the immediate word to describe our Christian walk but it is both true and not true.
Yes we will get persecuted in the midst of bearing our own cross for Christ but just as Christ carried the cross to His humiliation, it was not a stop sign but a minor speed bump on the way to glory and therefore if we share in His sufferings we too will resurrect in glory like Him (Romans 8:17). So today, realize that the glory and beauty of the christian life is found when we choose to cling unto the LORD and fulfill our purpose as windows into heaven and reflectors of His glory.
Today choose to seek Him and choose to reflect Him by being like Him!