From my personal prayer journal I present to us an imagery of heaven: Imagine for simplicity that Heaven is like an earthly palace with state of the art decor and furniture – all in sparkling white. Imagine yourself in this environment. Somebody had said to me; imagine you were in this environment with a tattered outfit. How will you feel? An urge to sit and be merry? You would most probably feel not fit to be there. You would like to run; to run away and hide (see Genesis 3:8)
Stories of this sort present to us in simple fashion the consequences of sin. Sin makes one unfit to ‘be merry’ in the presence of God. It ‘clothes’ our souls with tattered clothes. As it were, all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God (Roman 3:23), for if we say that we have not sinned we make ourselves a liar, and place ourselves out of relationship with God and his word is not in us (1 Jn 1:10)
As we ponder these quotations, we realise how personal the words of Jesus can be that He came not to call the righteous to repentance but sinners (Lk 5:32). We just need to open up to Jesus. God can only help us if we humble ourselves and accept that we are sinners. In addition, we must also obey Jesus' command and take up the daily cross and self-sacrifice and dying to self. (Luke 14: 27).
Let us therefore accept the call to repentance and wash daily our tattered clothes in the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:14) that we may stand before God’s throne and serve Him in his temple.