Nobody looks good in a hardhat and a high-vis vest!
I attended the ground breaking ceremony of a large Chapel building project this week along with a couple of dozen other ministers, pastors and priests. It was a simple ceremony but it was quite different to any other similar service I had attended – the reason? We all had to wear full safety gear over our normal clothes in order to be allowed to enter the building site.
Everyone who entered the site had to wear a high-vis vest, protective goggles, gloves and a hard hat. Some were dressed in suits, some had uniforms, and because it was a multi-church event some had Church robes and all the trimmings – then we all had to put on the safety gear and we all looked more than a little strange.
There is a good reason for the safety gear, all around the site there were huge earth moving machines, cranes, drills and other works being undertaken – we have learnt the hard way that you cannot take safety for granted and that is why these rules and provisions are in place.
You have no choice but to comply with the requirements and to ‘put on’ what you must so that you can get the job done.
If I had refused to wear the hard hat or vest because it made me look silly I would have been excluded from the event and I would have missed out. Arrogance and laziness will often exclude you from the opportunities which present themselves.
The Bible requires us to be dressed in a certain way in order to be safe, strong and ready to function… “Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so you can stand in the evil day, gird your waist with truth, put on the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace on your feet, the shield of faith on your arm, the helmet of salvation on your head, and the sword of the Spirit (The Word of God) in your hand.” Ephesians 6:13
It might feel strange at first, you might not look like everyone else around you but you will be ready and you won’t miss out on anything that the Lord has prepared for you.
So it is time to get dressed!