February 22, 2024

White Clothes

Revelation 3:1-6

“Yet you have a few people . . . who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.”

—  Revelation 3:4

White shirts with ties and hats used to be the standard wear of male baseball fans (most of whom were playing hooky from their work at the office). White shirts and ties were also standard for many males who attended church (that really cramped my style as a young boy). But white robes will be the clothes of grace when the multitude that no one can count stands before the throne of God and the Lamb in heaven (Revelation 7:9).

In Sardis, Jesus said, there were yet a few people who had “not soiled their clothes”—and they would be walking with him, rewarded for their faithful service. And not only will these believers be with Jesus, but their names are written in the book of life. Written in the Lamb’s book of life (see Revelation 21:27), our names will never be blotted out. The atonement sealed by Jesus through his one sacrifice for all is satisfactory before God forever.

And the victory will come when we wake up, strengthen, remember, hold fast, and repent. God our Father desires that we be with him and walk with Jesus forever. Are you awake, remembering, repentant, and ready to wear the white robe prepared for you in Christ?

Lord and Savior, when temptations come our way, give us courage and strength to resist. Keep us walking in step with you, alert and faithful for your sake. Amen.

About the author — Evan Heerema

Evan Heerema is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington state and in Michigan. He was also on the teaching staff at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for ten years. He and his wife are the parents of two daughters and the grandparents of two grandsons.

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