There is a story in the Bible contained in the book of John (Chapter 11) that showed me something that I had never seen before even though I had read that story many times…
43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands & feet wrapped w strips of linen, & a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes & let him go.”
When Lazarus was dead it made total sense for him to lay around in his grave clothes. When Jesus brought him back to life those clothes were no longer appropriate. Different occasions call for different attire. And being raised from death to life definitely qualifies as a different occasion.
What does that story have to do with us?
The Bible tells us that apart from God we were dead in our sin. It made total sense to walk around in our grave clothes of insecurity, fear, doubt, guilt, shame, lust, gossip, legalism, and the list goes on and on.
However, that attire is no longer appropriate for those that are followers of Jesus. You have been raised from death to life. You have been set free. You have been adopted into the family of God. You are fully forgiven.
As a result, Jesus’ message to Lazarus is the same message He has for you. “Take them off and let him go”. Stop walking around in insecurity, fear, doubt, guilt, shame, etc. Because of Jesus, those things do not define who you are any more. It’s a different occasion. He want’s you out of your grave clothes and into a new set of attire that only He can provide.
Take them off and let him go.