“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.” –Revelation 3:4
“Then one of the elders asked me, ‘These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?’ I answered, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said, ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.’” –Revelation 7:13-14
After the first prettiness of a fresh snowfall, the earth becomes a muddy morass. When I walk with Lexi, I get mud on the cuffs of my pants. So much for “white as snow.” In fact, I would never dare walk Lexi dressed in white because I inevitably soil my clothes. Revelation 3:4 praises those few who have not soiled their clothes. They walk with the Lord dressed in white and apparently remain spotless. Most of us, however, get splashed with mud. For us, Revelation 7:14 is a promise. We can wash our robes (repent), and the mud, the muck, and the grime will be rinsed away. Our clothes will be made white by Christ’s blood (God’s forgiveness). It’s not easy to walk with God and keep our clothes clean. But when we walk with God we’re bathed in mercy.