I remember buying my first suit after graduating from college. I had suits prior to this, but my mom helped picked them out and paid for them. Now I was on my own. Oh, the pressure! A few hours later, I walked out of the mall satisfied with my purchase and my accomplishment.
I arrived home and began snipping the tags off. I was going to wear my new suit to church the next day! On the right sleeve, I saw a label stitched to the coat. It was a label identifying the maker of the suit. I wasn’t sure what to do. Should I remove it? No, I should leave it. I figured if they wanted it removed, they wouldn’t have stitched it to the sleeve! So the label stayed.
The next day at church, the congregation was asked to stand and greet one another. I stood and shook hands with the man in front of me. Obviously noticing the label on my coat, he said, “New suit, huh?” My face instantly turned red as I realized I was supposed to remove the label! I was so embarrassed! I slinked out of church that day, wondering how many other people noticed my blunder.
As I look back on that event, I wonder how I could have been so naive. It also brings to mind the saying, “wear your heart on your sleeve,” which means your emotions and affections are out in the open for all to see. That Sunday morning long ago, people knew I had a new suit, because it was on my sleeve for all to see!
That’s how I want my life to be. I want to wear my affection for my wife on my sleeve for all to see! I want to wear my affection for my children on my sleeve for all to see! I want to wear my love for people on my sleeve for all to see!
Most importantly, I want to wear my love and affection for Jesus on my sleeve for all to see! I won’t be embarrassed when someone asks, “New life, huh?”
Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”