According to a recent news report denim jeans are returning to the way they used to be – raw, unwashed, stiff and without holes. The asking price is between $100 to $300 dollars with the understanding that they have the potential to last for years. There is only one catch, you have to wear them for six months without washing them until they take on your shape, personality and wear marks.
“I think the appeal is mostly that you can have a pair of jeans which are completely unique to you, a wash that you created yourself with your everyday life,” said Lorna Burford, editor-in-chief of Denim Blog “I always think of raw denim like a blank canvas and they are your project, just wearing them every day and you are creating a work of art.”
Recently, I was reading in Jeremiah 13 how God told the prophet to buy a linen belt and put it around his waist. Shortly after, God told him to take the belt and hide it in the crevice of a rock. Many days later, God told Jeremiah to go to the place where he had buried it and dig it up. When he had done so Jeremiah said: “now it is ruined and completely useless”.
Why would God have Jeremiah buy a belt only to bury it, rendering it ruined and completely useless?
It became a great lesson on pride. The belt provided a picture of God’s desire to be bound to the house of Israel and Judah for His renown, praise and honour. But their pride, stubbornness and idolatry would cause them to become like the belt – completely useless!
The linen belt reminds me of the church. Jesus bought the church with His own blood and then was buried. Three days later he was raised from the dead so that we could be redeemed and completely surrendered, not ruined and completely useless. Here’s the deal – Jesus bought the church with His blood, let’s not ruin it with our pride and cause it to become completely useless!
So what do dirty denims and a linen belt have in common? Not much except after six months, both are dirty but not necessarily useless. Dirty denims will take on your shape and become completely unique to you. Just don’t let pride render you completely useless.
Until next time…
“Taking risks for Kingdom impact!”