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Topic: Shopping (03/01/07)
TITLE: Eternal Wardrobe
By Catherine McCormick
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Laodacia’s eyes flutter and the night sleep falls away. Dreams of dainty shoes and pearl necklaces are placed back into their drawers. She glances over to her scarlet alarm clock and is horrified by the time. That precious dream has cost her five minutes of her two hour ‘dressing’ time. At least she lay out her purple and fine linen outfit the night before. Planning is the key.
After her morning pampering and grooming session, she ran down to her stylish silver sports car. Once the Gucci sunglasses and Lancôme lip-gloss were properly applied, she was on her way. ‘I have such a hectic week ahead of me,’ she thought, ‘coffee with Sardis this morning; then an afternoon of retail therapy with catalogues and online shopping for the dessert course. Delicious!’
At this thought she felt a bit more relaxed and confident about Sunday. Days before the dreaded Sunday are filled with card breaking preparation! She couldn’t let her side down. Her ‘Christian circle’ was known by their professionalism and class.’ Silver sports cars fit perfectly into the Church car park. Critics of the Sunday catwalk always have their eyes and ears open.
In the blink of an eye Laodacia’s car has no driver. The purple and fine linen; Gucci sunglasses; Lancôme lip-gloss; and most importantly the debt filled credit cards; are lying on the driver’s seat. Where could Laodacia be? We find her in front of her glorious King; the Lord Jesus Christ. He is dressing the ‘over comers’ with pure white raiment. A Crown is placed on their heads and they sit with Him on His throne! Laodacia finds herself at the front of the queue. Her ‘eternal wardrobe’ is opened. Alas! There is nothing hanging there. Her eyes have been washed. She stands naked and without a prize. ‘What shop sells heavenly white raiment and crowns?’ Laodacia asks.
The Lord replies, ‘Heaven does not own any credit cards. You hang up what you catch. Did you never consider bringing Your King anything? A lukewarm Christian shops continuously for a selfish earthly wardrobe and yet leaves the King a bare eternal wardrobe.’
‘What a blessing that I am found in Heaven. The free gift of salvation was not found in any shop or catalogue. My worthless works could never have got me here. From the moment I believed; my life was in You; my Lord; and yet I was never in You deeply. If only I had an overflowing wardrobe to give back to my Saviour. Instead I left it in the doomed city called Babylon,’ Laodacia wisely replies.
We now leave her in paradise. Debt and Sunday critics will trouble her mind no more. Time filled with shopping is replaced by eternal worship of the one true King. This devotion will never be replaced again.
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