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Formal Wear


Joseph and the coat of many colors is a story that is very popular and one every child is exposed to if they spend a fair amount of time in church. Sometimes, when we become adults, we disregard the old familiar story’s and fail to comprehend the wonderful lessons they hold.

When we look at this story we of course see a young son that is more highly favored than his older brothers and is given a long colorful robe. In ancient days a robe was much more than a garment to keep warm, it was a status symbol. Joseph’s robe signified a role of leader- the boss. The other brothers had robes that were short and functional which allowed them to work. This is one reason their jealousy was so intense that they plotted against Joseph to the point of murder (but settled to sell him into slavery).

Many times we have similar issues in the church. Some are gifted with ‘short robes.’ They are servants who do the things no one sees. They do the dirty work and ensure the body of Christ functions without any credit or fanfare. Unfortunately, some of these people can get jealous of those wearing the ‘long colorful robes.’ They are the pastors and leaders. Those whose work is more visible.

We must remember that any gift and role we have is just as important as others. Paul said it this way;

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12-31‬ ‭ESV‬‬

When moments of jealously begin- remember the coat of many colors and where the jealousy of the brothers led to. No matter how God is using you it is always good to remember that God is even using us- that is in of itself a wonderful thing.

Genesis 37; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Prayer focus: for the body of Christ to function at the level God desires.

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